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Deck lounge chairs, cedar, folding

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Project by mls posted 04-02-2010 05:57 PM 5040 views 14 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these 2 folding cedar lounge deck chairs last winter. I had visited the Titanic exhibit at Branson, Missouri and looked at the deck chair that was brought up from the wreck. The design of these chairs has gone virtually unchanged since that time. Indeed, current cruise ships have similar teak wood chairs. Also, if you watch the show 2-1/2 men, the deck chairs that they use on the show are very similar. I snapped a few photos of the chair at the exhibit with my phone intending to design something similar at a later date. But I came upon a set of plans that was very similar so I purchased the plans. The “hardware kit” that was offerred was much too expensive to buy so I fabricated my own steel stop brackets and pivot weldments. I used cedar instead of teak because of the expensive nature of teak. The chairs turned out well and we had them parked beside the pool last year. I wish I could find some quick drying cushings for them though because it is a real pain to hang up the padded cushions to dry after they’ve been in a rain. I put a cedar stain/oil finish on the chairs. I think if I ever build another set, I’ll redesign the back curves so it isn’t just concave, but instead has a double convex/concave design. I think it would be more comfortable. But then I’ve had no complaints on the comfort. :)

-- Mike, Missouri ---Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson---





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PawPawTex

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#1 posted 04-02-2010 06:05 PM

Mighty fine looking chairs. Great job. I wouldn’t mind making a few of those for our patio. Where’d ya get the plans?

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mls

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#2 posted 04-02-2010 06:22 PM

I don’t even remember where I bought the plans. Sorry. I’m sure I just did an internet search and found them somewhere.

-- Mike, Missouri ---Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson---

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PawPawTex

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#3 posted 04-02-2010 07:22 PM

Were they downloadable or paper plans?

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mls

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#4 posted 04-02-2010 08:46 PM

No they were full scale paper plans. But, for the life of me, I can’t locate them. I’m sure they are in a safe place somewhere? Sorry.

-- Mike, Missouri ---Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson---

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bill merritt

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#5 posted 04-02-2010 09:30 PM

Norm built a chair like this and sells the plans. Very good job, it took a good eye to make the hardware. Nice work.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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ShannonRogers

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#6 posted 04-02-2010 10:14 PM

These are great and look so comfortable. I must add them to my outdoor projects list. I have a couple of outdoor cushions that I got at Target of all places and they are great. Quick drying, mold resistant. You might look at a pool supply store too they have stuff like this.

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Mean_Dean

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#7 posted 04-05-2010 08:14 PM

MLS,

I’m working on this exact project myself! I’m just at the point of making the crest rail, which leads me to a question:

I’ve mortised out the bottom of the crest rail, and am now ready to cut it on the band saw. As I understand the process, I cut the curve of it (lengthwise), and then cut the top curves next, is that right?

But if I cut the top curves last, how do I keep the crest rail flat on the band saw to cut the top curves? I will have already cut the horizontal (lengthwise) front and back curves?

Any help is greatly appreciated!!

-- Dean

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mls

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#8 posted 04-05-2010 08:19 PM

You are doing it right. And the rail will cut fine on the band saw even though it is curved. With the inside of the curve up, just keep the area where the blade is in contact with the band saw base as you cut and let the rest rise in the air as you cut. It isn’t a heavy part so you won’t have any trouble with a hand on each side of the cut.

-- Mike, Missouri ---Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson---

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Dennisgrosen

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#9 posted 04-12-2010 09:40 PM

niice looking chairs
well done

Dennis

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