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Project by everythingreclaimed posted 01-18-2011 09:17 PM 1905 views 12 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was working for someone who purchased two chairs similar to this one from an Amish store. I loved the idea of the fact that it folded up and I liked the shape of the ribs. But when I sat in it I was a bit disapointed that it wasn’t very comfortable. The seat was straight, the back was straight, and there were no arms on it. So I took it upon myself to re-design it a little bit by adding the contour to the seat, the lumbar support to the back, and give the poor thing some arms. Very comfortable now, for a wooden chair :) The chair is made from a 2”x10”x14’ floor joist that we pulled out of a barn. The floor joist was covered with white wash, and is about 80 years old. Not exactly sure what species of wood it is. One person told me it was redwood, another told me it was cedar. Doesn’t smell anything like cedar to me. It is finished with F&P exterior natural wood oil.





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#1 posted 01-18-2011 09:50 PM

Beautiful wood, very comfortable looking chair. You did good.

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

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#2 posted 01-18-2011 10:13 PM

A great looking chair. And from reclaimed wood too. Nice.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#3 posted 01-18-2011 10:39 PM

There Is life after 80! looks like you have a nice design I like the wood. thanks!

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#4 posted 01-19-2011 02:34 AM

great looking chair

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#5 posted 01-19-2011 03:23 AM

hi, most of my friends are campers and in need of fold up equipment. where can I get plans of this chair, or more pics so i can try making one?? I have been reading LJ for a long time I decided it was time to join…. BT

-- Bob, Michigan

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Sierras

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#6 posted 01-19-2011 04:23 AM

John,
This folding chair is slicker than snot. Mean this in the most complementary way! Would love to see some plans
for this.
Great Job,
Bob

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HerbC

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#7 posted 01-19-2011 06:21 PM

John,

Great chair.

Any chance of plans or at least more photos?

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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everythingreclaimed

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#8 posted 01-19-2011 10:15 PM

photos I can do, but it’s going to take me a couple of days. I don’t have any plans, but I could possibly make some. The easiest would be for me to take a piece of freezer paper and make patterns. Put an x where the holes need to be drilled, etc. Between that and the photos it should be pretty simple to figure out. I have most of the pieces cut for another chair so it wouldn’t be a big deal. Would have to send the patterns to whoever wants them in the mail.

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#9 posted 01-20-2011 01:44 AM

I too would love to see some plan. I’ve been trying to figure out a folding chair for a while now (my wife nixed all my ‘ugly’ designs). I think she would approve of this one.

-- Josh, South Jordan Utah

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everythingreclaimed

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#10 posted 01-20-2011 10:26 PM

ok, I’ll see what I can do about drawing up some plans.

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HerbC

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#11 posted 01-20-2011 10:36 PM

I’d be happy to pay for set of plans/patterns. I really like your design.

-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!" http://lumberjocks.com/HerbC/blog/17090

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sawdustmaker101

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#12 posted 01-21-2011 02:19 AM

anything you need to make a plan or pics let me know I’ll help best i can …BT

-- Bob, Michigan

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#13 posted 01-23-2011 01:35 PM

Was looking at your barn board table which is very impressive. Then followed your projects till I came to this chair. Immediately fell in love with it. I too would like a set of plans. RT

-- Beavercut

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Sierras

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#14 posted 02-01-2011 05:48 PM

John,
Let me know what I can do to offset any expense for the pics and plans. Again great chair!
Bob

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#15 posted 05-15-2013 02:28 PM

Really like your chair. I would be willing to pay for a set of plans.

-- Julian

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