The "loggia" has quickly become our favorite room in the apartment. The kitchen sofa with proper cushions is very comfortable, and we have equipped the room with cozy lighting. My wife's folks recently brought down the round birch table, a very nice piece. But the room lacks seating opposite the sofa, unless one perches on the marble window sill.
We've had the idea of adding seating here by modifying a chair with extended front legs, and back legs removed behind the seat, so that it may rest on the window sill. The idea of buying a perfectly fine chair with the purpose of chopping up isn't very appealing, though, and with my current skill set it would be difficult (and expensive) to pull off a custom number.
I spied a pair of square section, tapered birch table legs in a dumpster the other day, and thought that they may work for chair legs (the legs will need to be extended off a standard chair length by about 11 cm). Lacking a chair for the project, though, I left them where they were. The next day, however, I found a perfect candidate chair left out for garbage pickup in our neighborhood.
I first thought the chair to be birch, but on closer inspection I realize it's beech. Whatever it is, it's not in great shape, which makes butchering it for this project easier on my conscience.
The front legs are almost square section, about 40x40mm. The chair's been abused, as this busted mortise can attest.
Even this part of the back is cracking.
The plan is to:
- Make new, longer tapered section front legs and mortise them to accept the existing tenons.
- Cut off the back legs below the seat's apron, and level the side and back aprons.
- Refinish the entire chair with wax.
- Make a new seat, probably from plywood, foam sheeting, and a scrap of fabric.