Not Rocket Science...But Almost

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Project by BusterB posted 07-03-2014 04:22 PM 1716 views 4 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Several of my LJ buddies can build these chairs in their sleep and I have always wanted to give it a try. A while back I found a set of plans by Popular Mechanics and it was a pretty cool version of this classic chair. I remember being impressed with its contoured seat and curved back. Those who know me know I have enough trouble with straight and square…throw in a few angles and some radius cuts and it doesn’t take me long to be in over my head. Channeling my inner Jim Jakosh, I set down with my protractor-n-compass and set about laying out the plans on some scrap pieces of 1/4” plywood. After quite a bit of erasing and no small amount of mumbling, I had a set of templates to work from on this project. I built this first version out of pressure treated lumber from the big box store. It was so wet that by the time it dries out some time year after next, the chair may resemble some form of modern art but it was reasonably cheap. This a good project to have a extra set of hands during assembly or be prepared to become creative using clamps to align the work pieces during assembly.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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Mike Merzke

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#1 posted 07-03-2014 04:27 PM

That is a good title… I’ve built a couple of these from the same plans. You did a great job!!! I’m sure you’ll enjoy them for many years to come.

-- Mike Merzke,

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Jamie Speirs

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#2 posted 07-03-2014 04:31 PM

Looks good Buster
More to come?


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#3 posted 07-03-2014 04:39 PM

Mike- Thank you sir. I feel a tad bit better knowing someone else found the plans as much of a challenge as I did.

Jamie- Thank you guru. Well need at least one more so I…excuse me, the wife can have a matching set…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#4 posted 07-03-2014 05:22 PM

If you have problems cutting straight and square, just build something curved like this. Solves your problem. Nice job. Any finish or paint planned?

-- The quality of one's woodworking is directly related to the amount of flannel worn.

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#5 posted 07-03-2014 05:26 PM

In the first pic, the top of the backrest is curved. In the 2nd pic, it’s straight (while in progress no doubt). I kinda LIKE the straight.

Either way, (in my best FogHorn Leghorn imitation) ”Son, I say Son, It looks FINE from heah!”

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#6 posted 07-03-2014 05:40 PM

Buster, I’m proud of you for tackling the difficult. Way to step up buddy, I think you are smarter than you let on…LOL. I really like the design you chose to build. Sit back, relax, and enjoy the fruits of your labor.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#7 posted 07-03-2014 08:08 PM

Jmartel- Thank you J. Sounds like wisdom to I am pretty sure that this project is “paint” grade. I hope to paint it after its had a chance to dry out some. Surely by then I will have the 2nd one done….well maybe…lol

Joe- wow….you noticed that did ya??? what keen powers of observation you have buddy…lol (sorry, that wise crack was in payback for making me spray sweet tea all over the computer screen over your comment on the golf ball display rack…I am still chuckling over that one. I really did consider leaving the back straight but the plans called for the “kinda, sorta” rounded over back.

L2L- Thanks Lee. Some day I may be able to tackle some of those gems you build…but aint gonna be this week…lol I would sit in it but the wife has claimed it and if I wanna sit in one, guess I better get busy on another one.

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#8 posted 07-03-2014 10:51 PM

Buster, sir, having built a chair or eighty myself, I have to say you have done a fine job. I was barely able to salvage my first one. Looks like you have a nice tall back on that chair, that’s a sign of a good napping chair. Can’t ask for more than that! A fine job, keep them coming.

-- Jeff in central Me.

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#9 posted 07-04-2014 12:53 AM

Nice looking chair, great job on this.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#10 posted 07-04-2014 02:30 AM

great looking chair.
are you gonna paint it orange and put a big T on it?
nice work and a nice chair!!!

-- Marty.Athens,AL

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#11 posted 07-04-2014 03:14 AM

Nicely done, Buster! I’d be thinking about putting rockers on it. Does the back recline? ”Channeling my inner Jim Jakosh,” that made me chuckle. Thanks for sharing your chair building adventure.

-- God bless, Candy

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#12 posted 07-04-2014 12:51 PM

Great job Buster. I agree with Candy. Add some runners to make a rocker out of it.

-- When it feels like a job, it isn't a hobby anymore.

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Don Butler

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#13 posted 07-04-2014 01:15 PM

I hate to be the odd man out, but I don’t think I want my skin in contact for any length of time with pressure treated wood.

I’m jus’ sayin’!


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#14 posted 07-04-2014 02:09 PM

Hey Don, you aint supposed to sit NAKED in it! LOL

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#15 posted 07-04-2014 03:40 PM

Mighty nice looking chair… of these days I’ll get down to making one.


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