How-To #2: Bucket Chair

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Blog entry by dakremer posted 07-07-2011 04:29 AM 5811 reads 12 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey Guys. This is something I thought of today (on my day off) and built within a couple of hours. I didnt use any plans….just an idea in my head. I am going fishing tomorrow and needed somewhere to keep my fish and sit, so decided why not do both at once. I used all scrap pine wood – 1X4’s and 2X4’s (I ran out towards the end and had to finish up with OSB). It sits pretty comfortable, and the height is perfect!

Its definitely not going to win any fine wood working awards, but its pretty solid and works great! This could obviously be made much nicer, with nicer wood, nicer joints, etc, etc, but I needed it quick for tomorrows fishing trip. I think if I had more time to design it, I’d do the hinge part differently. It works well, but I dont like the looks of it. I’d also “fancy up” the part that sits in the bucket….its kind of bulky. But that added height is perfect for sitting. Maybe make it out of one solid piece instead of the smaller piece screwed on….

It could be used for other things as well. You can buy those tool/screw holders for 5-gallon buckets. If you’re on the job, you’ll always have a place to sit and have your tools handy.

Anyways. Enjoy. If you decide to build one of your own, make sure to post it. I’d love to see other designs people come up with!

Project is posted HERE on lumberjocks with more pictures….

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#1 posted 07-07-2011 04:47 AM

That’s very clever. It’s a pretty neat idea.

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#2 posted 07-07-2011 08:05 AM

I love it! What a great idea.

-- Entertainment for mere mortal woodworkers.

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#3 posted 07-07-2011 08:28 AM

you should cut a hole in the seat then it could serve a third function

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#4 posted 07-07-2011 02:18 PM

Id also warn you about catching anythign with a strong tail …. may want to come up and slap you in the undercarriage if you get what im sayin.

Slick build Doug, way to solve the problem with a little inginuity.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#5 posted 07-07-2011 02:39 PM

Thanks guys!

Doc – we are discussing this option on the project page of this build! :) :)

Chris – I will be mostly catching Bluegill today…so shouldnt be any worries. However, I did think of this, and if it is a problem today, I’ll add a solid seat instead of a slotted one

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#6 posted 07-07-2011 02:59 PM

pretty spiffy Doug. works great for an extra seat for a visitor to the shop. Great idea. The music was a good rendition of the Louis Armstrong “What a wonderful World”.. luv that song

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#7 posted 07-07-2011 03:36 PM

@Dock, Dak- Wouldn’t that be option #2? If you catch my drift

Also, Chris, I loled at ‘undercarriage’

-- Dan, Rochester, NY

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#8 posted 07-07-2011 04:06 PM

If this is the topic, I don’t want to be catching anyones drift, especially yours :)

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#9 posted 07-07-2011 04:21 PM

Great seat and laugh!

-- 'I sand, therefore, I am'. Richard. PNW.

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#10 posted 07-08-2011 12:07 AM

Very Cool! The video took it to a whole new level!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#11 posted 07-08-2011 03:45 AM

Dont lean back to set the hook!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 07-08-2011 04:40 AM

I like it Doug, I think you may be on to something. I really believe you could market that.

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#13 posted 07-08-2011 06:33 AM

Thanks guys.

Cabmaker – I’ve thought about making another one….maybe take a little more time to design it, and post it on craigslist to see if I can get any bites. I took it fishing today and it worked out great!! Its definitely cheap to make…1 – 1X4, 1 – 2X4, 1 dowel. As long as you have a pattern made, you could knock them out really quickly as well. I built this in about 2 hours with no plans…only thoughts in my head.

What do you think people would pay for something like this?

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#14 posted 07-08-2011 09:00 AM

Awesome! I gotta make one of these. Great idea Doug.


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#15 posted 07-11-2011 12:56 AM

Great selection of music to go with your great “off-the-cuff” project. I really enjoyed that.

-- Al

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