Bent plywood chairs

by Logan Hendrickson September 13, 2012

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 Fab.com 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.

Logan Hendrickson
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24 Responses

Sly
Sly

September 23, 2015

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

Ryann Moore
Ryann Moore

September 23, 2015

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 =)

Cait @ Hernando House
Cait @ Hernando House

September 23, 2015

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

paula
paula

September 23, 2015

quite wonderful! especially love the 2nd chair

dave
dave

September 23, 2015

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.

jeannette
jeannette

September 23, 2015

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.

Jenna at Homeslice
Jenna at Homeslice

September 23, 2015

Wow! They’re amazing!!

Erica
Erica

September 23, 2015

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

chairsmith
chairsmith

September 23, 2015

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.

Nate
Nate

September 23, 2015

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

bonnie tsang
bonnie tsang

September 23, 2015

Gorgeous pieces, please keep making them!

Amber
Amber

September 23, 2015

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

Louize
Louize

September 23, 2015

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

Hana
Hana

September 23, 2015

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

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Rob
Rob

September 23, 2015

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

Henry
Henry

September 23, 2015

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

Debi
Debi

September 23, 2015

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

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paul
paul

September 23, 2015

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!

woodworkboy
woodworkboy

September 23, 2015

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.

Logan
Logan

September 23, 2015

Thank you! I just looked that chair up and it is amazing

isabel garcia
isabel garcia

September 23, 2015

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

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