Mission Folding Chair

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Project by Phil B. posted 12-20-2014 06:00 PM 796 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Unlike a regular folding directors chair, which uses metal braces, this design is completely made of wood except for two bolts. This chair utilizes a dowel ended cross support that runs in a dadoed slot in the legs.

In designing this chair, I felt it was important to keep the integrity of the original chair, made by my Grandfather in the 1930’s. I have refurbished the last 2 original chairs, but I find that they are too small for most people.The new design is 3” wider and 2” taller, so it can be used at a regular height dining table. I have changed the design by adding mission style side panels for strength, ease of assembly and material replacement when needed.

As seen in the pictures above, the chair folds to 5” wide for easy storage. Great for carrying in your trunk for the kids ball games, picnics, the beach or tucking away in a corner for extra seating when guests arrive.

-- Phil, DWG files at

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#1 posted 12-20-2014 08:01 PM

Thoughtful design and great execution.

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#2 posted 12-21-2014 03:57 AM

Very, nice! Never seen a folding chair that’s Mission style.

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#3 posted 12-21-2014 04:08 AM

Thanks guys. I like to think out of the box whenever possible.

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#4 posted 12-22-2014 08:10 PM

I like this design. Great job!

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