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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 09-10-2016 06:08 PM 841 views 2 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted to make a wooden folding chair with the Chevy Monte Carlo emblem cut into it to take to car shows- to replace the uncomfortable bag chair I’m now using.

This is a prototype to test my design after looking at what is available commercially. I was going to build this and make notes of the needed changes and toss this one but I thought I’d finish it since it I so much work in it already.

It is made from 5/8 and 1” Baltic birch plywood with steel pins and brass hinges. It is finished with semi gloss polyurethane.

The real one will be made from Cherry and the parts are started.

The whole chair sits higher than any other at 19” seat height.

The seat is 15 1/2×16 deep and it is okay as cut. If I wanted the seat to fold flat into the frame, I would need the back pivot peg to be above the seat like some are. I think I’ll not do that for better looks and simplicity.

The plywood frame is too thin and the front leg flexes and so did the back leg with the deep slot in it so I reinforced it with some solid maple. I plan to make the whole frame 1” x 1 1/4” and the front frame member longer, the back thicker and higher. The back needs more of a vertical scoop so therefore I need it thicker.

The pivot where I have the hinge may change too. A new design will be mocked up before I commit to the new chair.

This was a good learning experience. Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!





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ZAGREB

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#1 posted 09-10-2016 06:14 PM

Masterful work Jim
Can we ,bigger size, use it?
Have a nice day

-- bambi

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 09-10-2016 06:19 PM

Thanks, Bambi. The Cherry one will probably hold 250 +#. This one holds 200# okay.

cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 09-10-2016 06:32 PM

What’s his name says we should build a wall, but when persons such as you are “bordering on genius” I say, “We need to think about this.” Really interesting how the pattern developed in the wood.

When I buy a chair, I usually look for the tag that tells me how much weight it will take, then add another fifty pounds. Is this one equipped with a “Lard Butt” tag? Like my outlook on women, “I’d never date a woman who would have me.” “If I can carry the chair, it probably won’t carry me.”

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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Joe Lyddon

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#4 posted 09-10-2016 06:59 PM

Can you post a pic of the Monte Carlo? ... after all, it was mentioned… :) Year?

I wish I had my dads 57 Chevy… HOT little car!!

This is a COOL chair… did you any plans for it? If so, where?
... have the plans?

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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#5 posted 09-10-2016 07:23 PM

Looks better than a prototype to me Jim. Interested on how you have the design on the seat and the backrest. I almost wish I still had my 72 Monte.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#6 posted 09-10-2016 07:26 PM

That looks good and well made Jim and made from cherry it will be a real nice looking chair but this one you should toss at someone that can use it and not just toss it .

-- Kiefer https://www.youtube.com/user/woodkiefer1/videos

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#7 posted 09-10-2016 08:13 PM

nice job

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lew

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#8 posted 09-10-2016 08:28 PM

That plywood created an interesting design! Looking forward to seeing the “real thing”.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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doubleDD

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#9 posted 09-10-2016 08:50 PM

Plywood, right on.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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peteg

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#10 posted 09-10-2016 09:18 PM

The ply sure makes this a stand out Jim, looks a very nice portable style seat for any occasion :)
Well done Bud
Pete

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#11 posted 09-10-2016 11:07 PM

Thank you all for the nice comments. It did turn out too good to throw out. I’ll use it in the barn!

Hi Joe, my plans are just sketches that are all marked and only I could read. I started by tracing a chair I saw made in Finland and I still may go with the hinge they use. As for my Monte( Bruce calls her Goldilocks)..here it is:

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 09-10-2016 11:24 PM

Great chair Jim, you have really got the knack of getting the plywood grain to work for you. Well done.
Like the car, did you restore it? What is the building in the background, not Trump’s prototype wall?

-- Bob C, Australia. I love sharing as long as it is not my tools

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Jim Jakosh

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#13 posted 09-10-2016 11:44 PM

Thanks ,Bob. The Monte is pretty close to stock. I had it painted gold, put a black vinyl roof on it to replace the white one and put a 700R4 overdrive transmission in it. It gets 25 mpg on the highway but will only do the quarter mile in 16.1.
The building in the background is where I used to work. It was the Steelcase Development Center ( 5 story pyramid with a stainless steel pendulum hanging from the top floor all the way to the first floor and over a pool in the center). Real neat place to work. Business dropped off and they sold the building to these guys that hold the data in the “cloud” for your computer.

Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#14 posted 09-11-2016 02:49 AM

The chair and the car look great.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#15 posted 09-11-2016 08:48 AM

Jim,

Chair looks great, I love how the plys show through in the backrest and seat. And what a good looking car you have there, who needs a fast quarter mile time when you arrive in style?!

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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