On July 3rd I threw together a chair to bring to the 4th party the following day. I decided to use up some scrap 2×4s. I had no plan, no chair experience, and about 5 hours time in which to make it, so I just sort of winged-it, inventing as I went. Here’s the test-fit of the cut pieces for which I used my miter saw and band saw.
It looked somewhat chair-like, at least.
I used countersunk deck screws and glue. I banged pieces around in the clamps to get everything exactly on mark, and sighted along the back edges as if they were winding sticks to get them lined up exactly. If not pretty, I wanted it at least stable, and free of rocking.
The 7 slats of 2×4 used in the seat and back were my last pieces. I have no more 2×4 scraps now, hooray. I notched the back 2 seat pieces with the band saw and a chisel so they’d slip around the verticals, and used it again to cut some rounded back relief in the 2 back pieces.
It’s definitely not pretty, but it’s extremely sturdy. It makes sense. It’s basically a miniature deck :) I ran a ROS around it to smooth it up a bit, and decided that with less than a day until the party, I’d better not coat it with anything, unless I wanted to be stuck to it, or colored by it.
The funny part is that when I went over my local friends’ place to carpool with them, they’re hatchback was entirely jammed with party supplies. I couldn’t fit the chair. Making matters even funnier, they had a tall stack of plastic chairs – sturdy enough even for my bulk – packed in there, too. Good thing, really. The overly-straight back was very uncomfortable. I did my best to angle it back with the band sawed taper, but it wasn’t enough by half.
Oh well, it was fun. Next time, a plan will be most helpful. In other news, I’m already sick of this LA summer heat.
-- Gary, Los Angeles, video game animator