|Project by Jim Jakosh||posted 09-10-2016 06:08 PM||1507 views||2 times favorited||34 comments|
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!!