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The "Ergonomic Back Chair" I made

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Project by Dick, & Barb Cain posted 01-08-2008 08:29 PM 1599 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The last couple of days, my lower back has been hurting, especially when I get up after sitting for awhile.

I thought, this is a good time to try out my Back Chair. It’s been folded up sitting in the corner for many years.

My Grandson always hauls it out when he’s here watching TV, but he uses it in a variety of positions. He’s like one of them contortionists LOL.

When I show this to people who have never seen one before, they can’t figure out how to sit on it, It’s quite a conversation piece.

These chairs were quite a rage for awhile. After making it I never used it much, because I’ve never had any back problems, but yesterday, I had a good reason to try it out.

It folds flat, & can be adjusted to 3 height positions.

I sat on it at the computer for about an hour, & guess what? When I stood up there was no pain.

I made this from my own plan That I drew up from a catalog picture. I think it was Sharper Image.

I had some 8/4 birch laying around so I made use of it.

I used Barb as a model for me this morning, for one of the pictures.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1





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Russel

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#1 posted 01-08-2008 08:35 PM

I remember those chairs and I always wondered if they really worked. Now, if you say they do, then I’ll believe you. But they still look a little on the weird side. Nice work.

-- Working at Woodworking http://www.VillageLaneFurniture.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#2 posted 01-08-2008 08:38 PM

I agree with you, I think this is about the weirdest thing I’ve ever made. LOL

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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mot

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#3 posted 01-08-2008 09:44 PM

Posture, posture, posture. Nice chair, Dick.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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CharlieM1958

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#4 posted 01-08-2008 09:51 PM

Nice job! I remember when these were popular. I never saw anyone make their own before.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#5 posted 01-08-2008 10:16 PM

I was on a meager state employee wage at the time, so I made just about anything that interested me.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 01-08-2008 10:40 PM

Hi Dick,

That’s a cool idea. I’ve never seen anything like that.

I’m welding a few ezee-feed units to keep supplied until the factory kicks in, so leaning over the bench is really killing my back. I need one of those chairs.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#7 posted 01-08-2008 11:21 PM

Lee

Being handy with a welder you should be able to jerry-rig one of these..

I Googled back chair & there’s a lot of them for sale yet.

The one I show is just one style.

I plan on putting casters on mine.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#8 posted 01-09-2008 12:05 AM

Dick, did you draw any plans?

P.S. I am still on a meager state wage.

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GaryK

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#9 posted 01-09-2008 12:34 AM

Very cool!

I used to have one that I bought but instead of saving my back it screwed up my knees.

I hope that you have better luck.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#10 posted 01-09-2008 12:57 AM

Rikkor It’s nice to hear from a MN employee.

”Dick, did you draw any plans?” Yes, I did, but it might take me forever to find them. I’ll take a look around, but its been a long time now. Sometimes I can’t find things I had my hands on a week ago.

I think I’ve been doing better on Retirement than when I was working. We had some fairly good increases in my earlier retirement years, that have kept us going. also I don’t have the expense of going to work.

Gary

That’s really funny.

PS: _ I just added Ergonomic to the title in order to be a little fancier.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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TreeBones

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#11 posted 01-09-2008 02:01 AM

Yes, funny but if it works thats all that counts, that and the craftsmanship… looks good.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service http://westcoastlands.net/Sawmill.html http://westcoastlands.net/SawBucks2/phpBB3 http://www.portablesawmill.info

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#12 posted 01-09-2008 02:15 AM

i feel your pain fellow state employees…NICE CHAIR!!! Do you think the students would mind if i lectured in one of these??? I would have to get a longer ruler to still be able to reach the kids in the back that have fallen asleep…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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Dan'um Style

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#13 posted 01-09-2008 02:27 AM

great posting .. fun to read.

got to make one someday.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#14 posted 01-09-2008 02:53 AM

Thanks Guys.

Hey Napaman,

I bet if your students sat in chairs like this they’d stay awake!! LOL*_

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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#15 posted 01-09-2008 02:10 PM

I have one (didn’t make it myself though) and it helps my back but then I find that my knees hurt and my ankles swell.. so I can’t use it for long periods of time

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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