Benjamin Franklin library chair

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Project by buck_cpa posted 03-14-2015 09:03 PM 1678 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Finally completed this chair after telling the wife id do it over a year ago. Made from poplar and painted with a black chalk paint – black paint, plaster of Paris, and water. We wanted a rough finish as this will be utility furniture.

For anyone wanting to make this chair, draw it out first then use the full size drawings. With the moving parts and to prevent wobbling in either position, this helps a lot. Regardless, popular mechanics suggests this is an “easy” project. While it was my first chair, it was quite complex.

Below are the free plans I followed. Also there are several jocks that have completed this project with a lot more success.

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#1 posted 03-15-2015 02:49 AM

Good work Buck. Nice looking and functional. I like it. Ben had “many irons in the fire” as they say.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#2 posted 03-15-2015 08:41 PM

Damn! Benjamin Franklin was smart! As I have grown older I keep running into things that he invented/designed.

I like this design and want to try one at some point. I have all the tools I need – I just need more time!

-- "Find out what you cannot do and then go do it!"

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