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Project by balidoug posted 05-17-2015 11:32 PM 1363 views 5 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first project after a hiatus of almost two years while we moved from South East Asia to the Colorado Mountains; It was good to be back in the shop.

The chairs shown were found in a Habitat for Humanity Re-Store, but are among the most comfortable seats for this habitual sloucher. All I needed was a tray for my computer, coffee, snacks, etc. and I could sit here indefinitely.

The work reflects my long stretch away in some ways, but I am not dissatisfied with the result.

Teak, finished with 6 coats of wipe-on-poly.

Made by hand.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#1 posted 05-18-2015 12:12 AM

This is a great laptop work spot and it will save leg burns. Nicely crafted and very practical.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 05-18-2015 02:54 AM

Good that you have settled in and now you only need the microwave in arms reach? Nice pattern match.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 05-18-2015 05:02 AM

Welcome back. I hope your time in Colorado will be pleasant. I like your design, though I probably would have made folding legs. Looking forward to more posts.

-- Big Al in IN

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#4 posted 05-18-2015 02:32 PM

Great job. I bet it’s heavy though.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 05-18-2015 11:20 PM

Welcome back and what a awesome project. Great wood display!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 05-19-2015 12:59 AM

Thanks, everyone. Nice to be back. The badge is a surprise – must’ve been a slow day.

BG: I experimented with folding legs on a trial, but for my purposes this worked better this time. I preferred the stability and simplicity.

MP: not as heavy as I expected, but I wouldn’t want to carry it on a hike.

I wanted something sturdy but wieldy, and more importantly had the teak on hand. I got to practice some old skills, and tried a few things that were new. Looking at the list now to see what’s next.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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