I have an ongoing project which will hopefully end up with a dining room table and set of chairs. Chairs are pretty difficult to make, especially getting the dimensions correct and aesthetically acceptable. Materials are also a big question, cost and durability have a big bearing on those.
To address the problem of dimensions, I recently drew up some plans for a chair, based on requirements that I'd been given and examples from magazines and places we'd been that had acceptable chairs.
This is a 1:3 scale drawing I came up with of a possibly suitable design.
A few hours later and we have a 1:3 scale model of this design:
The woodrat mortice rail was very useful for the mortices on the uprights and other parts. Without that it would have been an impossible task.
I haven't sanded the parts yet, but it does look like a chair. We'll have to see how well it matches the requirements.
I also need to put a seat on the frame, and cover it.