The simple, elegant lines of Adrian Ferrazzutti’s modern chair belie complex construction requiring an array of planing and belt-sanding jigs
At first glance, Adrian Ferrazzutti’s wenge-and-bloodwood chair (seen online and on the back cover of Fine Woodworking #194) is sleek, elegant, and simple in design. Yet the chair’s construction was anything but effortless. A deeper look reveals a coopered seat and backrest, compound angled joinery with wedged tenons, and twisted, tapered bent laminations. The coopering on the seat is straightforward, but Ferrazzutti felt that the backrest needed to be thinner at the edges and incorporate a taper–or two. If he were making one chair, it might have been quicker to just use hand tools. Ferrazzutti’s set of 10 chairs meant power tools and a variety of associated jigs.
Coopering the backrest
Twice-tapered staves. The center stave tapers only along its length, but the staves to the left and right have varying degrees of taper across their width as well. The edges are beveled prior to tapering. Click to enlarge.