2011年12月8日

Bear chairs and table for children

This bear shaped chair and table set was roughly based on something similar I saw in a Japanese furniture magazine.
The chairs and table are made from lauan, a soft wood from the Philippines usually used for shelving and door frames etc. No screws or nails were used, just dowels and glue.

Bear chair and table set, table is 37 cm high, chairs are 45 cm high, wood is 2 cm thick.
The lauan (also known as Philippine mahogany) wood used in Japan is quite soft and easy to cut, but it can split easily. Unfortunately I made these pieces with the grain running horizontally - big mistake. They split easily when kids throw them around. I learned that you have to construct anything like this with the grain running vertically to maintain strength.
I posted a tutorial of this design on Instructables.com and it was featured on the top page of the Workshop (Flatpack) category, then also on the front page of the web site (Feb. 10, 2011).

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