Jake's Chair

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Here is a chair i built using some free plans i found on the internet. I used poplar (the chair will reside in a covered porch). stained it and then gave it a few coats of teak oil. Very comfortable, big and sturdy.

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#1 posted 07-05-2007 04:59 PM

Very comfortable looking Josh. Looks like a nice view to sit down and take in.

-- Bob

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#2 posted 07-05-2007 05:12 PM

Good job Josh. I like the looks of the chair.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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#3 posted 07-05-2007 05:26 PM

That’s a nice one. Do you still have a link for the plans?

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 07-05-2007 05:33 PM

Thanks for the comments guys.

here is the link for those who are interested: I modified the plans slightly to suit my needs and improve on the ergonomics.

All curved pieces were done by making a template out of 1/4” MDF and then flush trimming on the router table.

One word of !! if you attempt to build this one:

I do most of my assembly and finishing in the basement. Once the chair was done i go to bring it outside and it is too big to get out the basement door!!! Luckily i had not yet glued the pieces and was able to take the arms and arm supports off to get it out of the house. If i had glued already i wouldve had some nice basement seating.

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#5 posted 07-05-2007 05:56 PM

Nice work Josh
I,ll take a set of six please. lol

-- John in Belgrave (Website) ,

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#6 posted 07-05-2007 06:33 PM

josh you are not alone, I’ve done the same thing in my basement workshop!!

the chair looks great.

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#7 posted 07-05-2007 07:55 PM

Thanks, Josh. My “shop” has a garage door, so I don’t think I’ll have your problem.

Here at the university where I worked, I saw our carpenters do the same thing. They built an enormous storage cabinet for musical instruments. The foreman was smart enough to measure the shop door to make sure they’d be able to get it out. What he forgot was that as soon as it came out of the shop door, it had to go through a smaller door to get out of the building. Oops. They had to take a saw to it and cobble it back together on site.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 07-06-2007 01:24 AM

great chair…my shop wont have this issue…but I recently hired a tractor to come in and pull out major roots and dig out all the crab grass to begin our back yard makeover…we left a fence between us and neighbors down for 4 months so when we came in he could go through that side…then in the end because of a carport in my neighbors back yard he couldnt come through…and i had to sawzall my other fence/gate on the other side of the house…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#9 posted 07-06-2007 02:19 PM

I’ve seen pictures of the Jakes Chair, whats the major difference between Jakes and a regular Anarondack chair. Nice chair by the way, thanks for the link. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 07-06-2007 02:53 PM


To be honest, other than the fact that it can fit a REALLY big person, i dont know. I think the website i mentioned has a little write up with some information on what the benefits of this specific chair are.

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#11 posted 07-07-2007 02:42 AM

Nice chair. How is the poplar holding up in the weather?

-- Jesus is Lord!

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#12 posted 07-07-2007 06:04 AM

The Jakes chair is 27” across the front. This gives the seat slats a little extra springiness. Conforms nicely to the, uh, uh, weight distribution.

I just finished my first one (today!) and have the material already cut to make another. However, I will be modifying the design in a number of small ways to better suit my needs.

I used 1-by CWP (“Cheap Wood, might be Pine) from the Borg and have so far applied two coats of oil based sealer. Next up are two coats of oil-based enamel. This was a learning exercise for me. To make any money with these I’m pretty certain I would have to make up several jigs. It takes too long to line parts up and drill them.

I learned something interesting about my basement stairs, too. They are wider at the bottom than the top.


Fortunately, I had already had some mis-givings and had not glued the back slats on.

-- (pens & bowls, mostly)

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#13 posted 07-07-2007 11:46 AM

The poplar was only in the rain for a few days before i moved it into my covered porch. no problems so far.

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#14 posted 07-19-2007 05:43 AM

Looks great!

-- Claire

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#15 posted 07-22-2007 05:03 AM

Josh … a fine looking project! I posted the finished pic of mine on Lumberjocks a few minutes ago and also on my website.

-- (pens & bowls, mostly)

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