|Project by kshipp||posted 03-10-2009 06:59 PM||3375 views||6 times favorited||19 comments|
This is a project I spent about four months designing. It’s not that it really took that long but I’m currently in Iraq so I don’t have a lot of time to be on the computer or building things. I had never made a chair before so I figured I would try to figure out how I could make one over here. We really only have access to plywood, dimensional lumber, and very limited tools so I had to keep that in mind during the design. It is made out of 1” plywood, 2×4’s, and some scrap cargo straps.
The third picture is the design I did in SketchUp. The only difference between that and the finished product is the weaving on the seat. I wasn’t sure if I would need to do it for support or not. I was also very unsure on how to model the weaving in SketchUp so I just left it off. Any suggestions of an easy way to model the woven seat would be appreciated.
I printed a full-size template out (thanks supply) and used it to transfer the design to the plywood. I cut out the profile with a Sawzall and an old jigsaw that was pretty upset about cutting 1” plywood. The fifth picture is right before I cut out the inside profile. The last picture is the wood frame finished up. It was a pretty simple project in that I only needed was to identical plywood sides, and six 2×4’s of the same length.
The first two pictures are of course of the finished chair. I call it the Iraq’n chair because it’s not really a rocking chair and obviously my location. I put an angle on the back so I can lean back comfortably and it will be steady. Same thing for the angle on the front of the chair for when you really need to lean into your work.
I’ve already got some requests for more chairs from the other guys but I’m a little short on time and materials. Strangely my platoon sergeant wants me to go on patrols and only build things in my free time.
As always, comments and suggestions are welcome.
-- Kyle Shipp, http://battleshipp.blogspot.com