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Viking Chairs out of mystery wood
« on: September 03, 2018, 12:12:40 AM »
I had a few boards laying around from a small log I cut up over a year ago.  Not really sure what kind of wood it is.  Maybe mulberry or alder? I always wanted to make a few viking chairs for around the fire pit or for stargazing.  So I made a few simple ones and finished them with timber oil.



 
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Re: Viking Chairs out of mystery wood
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2018, 01:02:55 AM »
Those look nice!  Now I wanna make a set :)

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Re: Viking Chairs out of mystery wood
« Reply #2 on: September 03, 2018, 07:47:44 AM »
VERY COOL!
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Re: Viking Chairs out of mystery wood
« Reply #3 on: September 03, 2018, 08:02:07 AM »
Very well done.
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Re: Viking Chairs out of mystery wood
« Reply #4 on: September 06, 2018, 08:33:01 AM »
How is the detail of the insert? where the two come together? just a hole?
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Re: Viking Chairs out of mystery wood
« Reply #5 on: September 06, 2018, 10:22:34 AM »
Viking chairs? I had heard somewhere that the design came from equatorial Africa. 
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Re: Viking Chairs out of mystery wood
« Reply #6 on: September 06, 2018, 09:17:14 PM »
the design joint is very simple.  The seat piece is shaped like a key blank.  The back has a slot about 12in up from bottom slightly larger than the key portion of the seat.  Insert key and just sit.  Altering the length of the key blank changes the reclining angle.  

I saw them for the first time being used by the participants at a local frontiersman get together and when I asked about them they called them viking chairs.  I have also heard of the called stargazing chairs.  Other than that have no real idea of where they came from.  Seem pretty simple so probably used all over the world under different names.
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Re: Viking Chairs out of mystery wood
« Reply #7 on: September 07, 2018, 08:11:03 AM »
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Re: Viking Chairs out of mystery wood
« Reply #8 on: September 07, 2018, 02:01:35 PM »
What size are the boards 5/4x12x36 ?
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Re: Viking Chairs out of mystery wood
« Reply #9 on: September 08, 2018, 04:54:46 AM »
Boards are 5/4 thick and 11.5 x 42
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Re: Viking Chairs out of mystery wood
« Reply #10 on: September 09, 2018, 12:28:31 AM »
Just for S&G's I googled Viking chairs and it seems there is no real consensus as to where the design originated. There were many examples varying from pure and simple to very ornate and quite beautiful.  
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Re: Viking Chairs out of mystery wood
« Reply #11 on: September 09, 2018, 02:10:45 PM »
   Good job on the chairs. I never heard them called Viking chairs and don't ever remember seeing them in Norway the 2+ years I worked there but I saw lots of them in Cameroon in central Africa between 2000 -2004 and on later trips over there. They were often highly carved with lots of decorations.

   I just called them X-chairs because they were  made like three legs of an X.
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