Classic flat-pack wooden chairs

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Project by seamster posted 04-07-2016 06:28 PM 1277 views 15 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made these out of solid ash with cotton canvas seat backs and seat pads.

I wanted a more robust and heavy-duty version of this classic camp style chair. I’m a solid 250 pounds and these don’t make a creak!

I drew up the plan with the intention of using simple measurements that maximized use of material. Each chair was squeezed from a 1” by 11” by 4-foot piece of ash.

All the joints were glued with waterproof glue and screwed, then plugged with poplar dowels (I think it’s poplar).

Finished with several super thin coats of oil-based spar urethane.

Seat backs were fastened with stainless steel screws and stainless finishing washers.

The foam in the seat pads are pieces of anti-fatigue floor mats from Harbor Freight. The thin foam is dense enough to add some decent cushioning without adding too much bulk.

They turned out great, and I was proud of how nice and tidy the plan as well as the chairs themselves came out. If anyone is interested in duplicating these, I think that diagram shares pretty much all the info needed.


-- Sam

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#1 posted 04-07-2016 11:39 PM

Very nicely done Sam.

-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#2 posted 04-08-2016 01:05 PM

Great idea for a more comfortable bum. No plastic and the best of both worlds.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#3 posted 04-08-2016 01:53 PM

Those are real slick! Great Job

-- "Success is walking from failure to failure with no loss of enthusiasm. ~Winston Churchill

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#4 posted 04-08-2016 02:46 PM

Sam, these look very nice and practical.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 04-08-2016 07:18 PM

Very good job. Very clever

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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