Bent plywood chairs

Hey guys, I made some chairs! Actually, I started experimenting with plywood bending and then I made a chair. And then I couldn’t stop making chairs…. These are really fun to make and once I made one, I had so many other ideas and styles I wanted to try.

The first chair I made was this triangular shaped one. I’ve had the idea for a while of making a chair with only two pieces of steel with the least amount of bends as possible. The base is very similar to the bases I came up with for my “surfboard” coffee table. I made some curved plywood panels with teak veneer for the seat and back. The seat and back are attached with bolts to the steel frame. It’s a pretty comfortable chair for only being plywood and very sturdy despite how light it looks.

I also made a four-legged side chair out of White Ash. The base on this is made out of three pieces of steel.

I started experimenting with woods and fabrics and came up with this side chair. The seats are covered in grey tweed with a Walnut curved back.

I made another version with arms, by doing a more severe bend and adding the curved ends. I tried this with different variations of wood species and fabrics including Teak, Walnut, Maple with brown leather and grey tweed.

Oh yeah, I also made a little free-standing curved plywood perch for Roxy’s cat out of White Ash and sand-colored tweed. All it took was a sprinkle of catnip and Ziggy jumped right up. I’m having alot of fun with bending plywood and making these chairs and have many more ideas and designs in the works. I have a lamp sale for on 9/16/12, which is this Sunday! So be sure to check it out if you’re in need of some industrial lighting! BTW thanks to Max and Design*Sponge for featuring my lamps and etsy store the other day! That was very nice of you guys and thanks for the kind words.

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24 Responses to Bent plywood chairs

  1. Erica says:

    Gorgeous! Are you planning on putting any of these in your shop?

  2. jeannette says:

    man, you kill me. i think you’ve just forgotten to blog like so many craftafarians who have broken my heart, but no! you’ve been BENDING STEEL AND WOOD!
    how beautiful. thank you for sharing this.

  3. dave says:

    wow, these are awesome! do you mind sharing a little more info on the process used for bending the plywood? they look perfect. also, what diameter steel are you using? really amazing work.

  4. paula says:

    quite wonderful! especially love the 2nd chair

  5. Cait @ Hernando House says:

    Those are totally amazing!! I love them all, especially the stools!

  6. Ryann Moore says:

    Ugh…. I die. These are so killer – you TOTALLY amaze me! AND you are definitely going to be the richest man around once you start selling those too. Way to experiment =)

  7. Sly says:

    These chairs are really awesome. I can’t wait for these to go up on Etsy to buy some. Supporting my local Nevadians.

  8. Rob says:

    LOVE! a BIG thumbs up on all of them!! i can hardly wait to use one of them on a future project!

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  10. Hana says:

    Is there anything you can’t do? :P Amazing, can’t wait for the Etsy listing!

  11. Louize says:

    I keep coming back to look at these – they are gorgeous – especially the first one… and you make it sounds so simple! Congratulations!

  12. Amber says:

    w-o-w. those are fantastic. thanks for sharing!

  13. bonnie tsang says:

    Gorgeous pieces, please keep making them!

  14. Nate says:

    Love these. Do you plan to sell them or show how to make them? :)

  15. chairsmith says:

    We keep coming back and peeking at these chairs – they’re truly wonderful. Your designs are reminiscent of those by a British post-war designer called Robin Day, in particular his Festival Hall chair, a favourite of ours. Look forward to seeing more of your work and designs – thank you for sharing.

  16. woodworkboy says:

    Wow! you make awesome chairs. They made me want to learn on how to bend. Would you mind sharing your bending process? Im from Philippines. Thank you.

  17. paul says:

    amazing chairs, also remind me of eames chairs and their love for bending plywood. as another poster said any more details/tips on how you bent the plywood? would love to try this myself! thanks!

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  20. Debi says:

    Saw your Roxie rocker on Etsy. I love your work!!! I’ve got a chair fetish…these are fabulous.

  21. Henry says:

    Your work is spectacular. I want to restore a mid-century chrome and bentwood chair but can’t find a source of replacement seats in the Los Angeles area. Do you know anyone in my area who could do this work? If I sent you the seat (2-piece) could you replicate it? It will be covered with upholstery fabric so the wood need not look beautiful. Thanks for your time. Henry

  22. isabel garcia says:

    How much would just the bent plywood of an armless chair be? (for the leg sets youre selling on etsy)

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