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Slotted Folding Chair #1: Plans For Building

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Blog entry by DarrylF posted 947 days ago 5294 reads 21 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello everyone, a few people have asked me for plans on how to build the folded slotted chair I made so I decided to give it my best shot to measure the pieces and give a description on how it was done, so here we go.

Wood Used: Ash

Parts List:
1 1/2” x 3/4” x 48”: 2
1 1/2” x 3/4” x 38”: 2
1 1/2” x 3/4” x 36”: 7
1 1/2” x 3/4” x 34”: 2
1 1/2” x 3/4” x 15 3/4”: 9
1 1/2” x 3/4” x 6”: 12

1/8” Metal Wire: 100” (About 56” are used when said and done but you need a lot of slack to put tension on and to make stringing easy.)

Directions:
1.) Cut and plane all pieces to dimension.
2.) Route all four sides of each piece with a round over bit. After routing, round over the ends of each piece using a belt sander.
3.) Drill 1/8” (or slightly larger to accommodate 1/8” wire) holes 1” from one end of all of the pieces except for the 6” pieces, drill holes 1” from both sides of the 6” pieces (a jig on a drill press makes this a lot easier). On the 48”, 36”, and 34” pieces, drill holes 32 1/2” from the same end you measured the 1” holes from. On the 15 3/4” and the 38” pieces, drill holes 13 1/2” from the same end you measured the 1” holes from.
4.) Sand and stain all of your pieces, I used an outdoor stain.
5.) Lay out your pieces roughly according to the diagram and pictures below. (It was hard to draw a diagram depicting the 6” pieces as well, but along with the photographs they should be pretty easy to arrange.)



6.) Take the outside pieces, the pieces that you would see wire coming out of holes on in other words and countersink to drill holes with a 3/4” hole. You will also need to make plugs for these holes.
7.) Cut 4 pieces of 1/8” wire approximately 25” long or more (I’d always lean to more, I don’t remember exactly how long I cut them). Make a small hook on one end of each wire that is about 1/3” or less, it needs to fit in your countersink; do this by putting the wire in a vise and bend of over the vise with a hammer which makes a nice square hook (on the vise I used at least) which is what you’re going for. Then cut off the excess wire at an angle so the wire has a point to it, the part of the hook should be between 1/8-1/4” because it is going to be hammered into the wood to secure the assembly.
8.) Again arrange your pieces and string them with the 1/8” wire; it is easiest to start at the outside 6” piece and go one by one, if you arrange them all and try to feed the wire through you’ll be trying all day.
9.) After your chair is strung together, hammer the hooks you made on the wire into the countersink holes with a chisel or something similar. Now comes the hard part, pull each wire through as much as possible getting each piece of wood as tight as possible and cut the wire so that you can bend in over inside the countersink holes with the hammer and chisel to lock the chair together.
10.) Now you should have a chair that opens and closes, if you do you’re ready to put the countersink plugs in. Glue and hammer them in and saw off the remaining protruding plug to make a nice flush surface.
11.) Do finish sanding and staining and you have a chair!

I hope you all could understand my instructions and you are successful in building your own, they really are very comfortable and convenient!
Have fun,
Darryl

-- Darryl



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Chips

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#1 posted 947 days ago

I favored this for a future project. Thanks for the information.

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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lightweightladylefty

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#2 posted 947 days ago

Darryl,

Thank you so much for all the information. We know it’s a lot of work to reconstruct a project once it’s done and you’ve done a great job with the details.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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gul

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#3 posted 946 days ago

Thank you so much for the instructions.

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gul

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#4 posted 946 days ago

One question,can we use dowels instead of the wire?

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DarrylF

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#5 posted 946 days ago

Glad it helps!

Gul: No you’ll need wire because it needs to be able to bend due to the natural curve of the seat and folding.

-- Darryl

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gul

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#6 posted 945 days ago

Okay thanks Darrylf :)

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anforte

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#7 posted 944 days ago

Very clever and elegant design.

Love to make one.

Thanks,

Anforte

-- Anforte NJ

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randomray

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#8 posted 938 days ago

Thanks for sharing this , I saw one of these about 25 years ago and hadn’t seen them sense then . I had been kicking myself for not getting one . Great job .

-- Anybody can break something it takes skill to make or repair stuff .

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Mark Shymanski

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#9 posted 926 days ago

Thanks for this posting, that’s a great looking chair!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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