How to assemble Paimio chair / パイミオチェアの組み立て方

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008 Paimio, 1932, Assembly Hints & Tips

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This is the 008 Paimio chair set after completion.  Here’s how to build it…


008 parts
There are three cards in the package, together with assembly instructions.  Detach all parts of the chair from the centre card, using a craft knife/scalpel – connections are indicated by little triangles.


08 assem01
First of all, assemble 2 light brown parts to become the loop of legs and arms.


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The longest strips will be the outer layer of the loops.  Using the template in the card as a guide, as above, place ‘a’ on leg to ‘a’ on card. Curve defined areas between two lines – dotted areas for inside curve and hatched area for outside curve.

外側になる一番長い部品を、矢印 aの位置を起点にして台紙にあいている穴に沿わせてはめるように、線で区切られた部分にカーブをつけていきます。ドットは「内カーブ」、斜線は「外カーブ」です。机の角などに指の腹で押し付けて、少しずつ成形してください。

08 assem03
It is best to use a sharp solid corner, press and roll each piece with the ball of your thumb, then smooth the curve with a thin round stick.


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Curve the inner layer with printed ‘b1’ and ‘b2’ letters in the same way.  Place each letter against the division line in between, check the curves are nicely overlapped.  Apply glue in between the layers, filling the curves especially, and leave them in the template until dry.


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Assemble the other loop in the same way.  Then shape the back-and-seat curve using the template for guidance.  Roll the laser half-cut areas firmly, until they stay in shape without holding.  Colour the cut edges of the seat with a Black pen, to make a nice finish.


08 assem10
Refer to the side view to locate the black coloured crosspieces.  Glue them level with each end of the seat. Adjust the length of the sticking out ends equally.


08 assem11
When the crosspieces are dry, assemble the loops and seat together.  Please refer to the image below.


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Locate the Black seat crosspiece in between the two lines inside the loop.  Leave just a bit less than 1mm space between the seat and the loop, as arrows show below.  The best position is when the end of the crosspiece is in the middle of the width of the loop, as above.


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In the same way, glue the back end to the loop, in between two lines under the arm.

Attach the final piece in wooden colour – glue it to connect the back of the two loops, at the middle point of the back legs.



08 assem14
Adjust any twist or distortion, and add some glue to the connections from inside.  Leave it under tape or clip and wait for it to dry.


08 assem15
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You may want to colour the edge of the seat with black pen at this point – be careful not to touch the loop.  The last step is to assemble the wall and floor.  Please refer How to assemble background, and fold open the air-ventilation windows to complete.


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