A couple weeks ago I took a trip out to the lumber yard to pick out stock for two of these chairs, plus another Rietveld design, his Steltman Chair.
I picked up 26 board feet of 8/4 Steamed European Beech, enough to build the frames for two of the Red Blue Chairs.
I’m planning to build and paint one chair following the original design plans and build a second chair that will receive either a clear finish or a gray-scale paint scheme.
I also purchased 16 board feet of 8/4 White Oak to build the Steltman Chair.
That same weekend that I brought the lumber home I rough cut the slabs into smaller, more manageable pieces with my circular saw out in the garage.
I hadn’t cut much heavy slab stock on my old Ridgid TS2424 previously. With my Freud rip blade and a nice and steady feed rate though, it handled both the Beech and the Oak just fine.
I’ll probably re-stack after those operations and let the wood acclimate again for another week before milling the parts to their final dimensions. Good thing I have a few smaller projects in the works to keep me busy while I’m waiting!