Petter Nilsson
Designer with 10+ yrs experienceAvailable as a freelancer

Plywood chair

I've been working on this project on and off for quite some time, but now it's finally finished! Having done virtually zero woodworking or physical product design before, the idea to build a chair felt daunting yet exciting. To my counter my inexperience, I decided to use birch plywood as the material, and CNC routing as the technique to make the parts needed from my digital sketches. The woodworking required would then be limited to adding finish to the parts and assembling them.

After sketching on paper I made drawings and a 3d model model of the chair in AutoCAD. Here're an isometric wireframe of the model as well as renders with texture and lighting:

Assembling the parts turned out to be a lot more time consuming than anticipated, but I learned a lot. My original plan was to paint the seat and back, but I kind of liked the texture of the plywood edges and left them as is. Instead I finished the chair off with hardwax oil with white pigments to make the birch wood a bit brighter. Anyway, here's the completed chair: