Franklin Chair

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Project by nicksshoppe posted 02-21-2011 05:11 AM 3437 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For Christmas I was asked to build a franklin chair. I figured building two at the same time was easier. The project gave me the chance to build a couple new jigs for the table saw. That did make building the chairs easier.

-- nicksshoppe

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#1 posted 02-21-2011 05:17 AM

Nice job :)

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#2 posted 02-21-2011 06:23 AM

Nice work Nick

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#3 posted 02-21-2011 06:27 AM

Cool chairs, somebody got something nice for christmas. When you say Franklin does it refer to Ben Franklin? I like the design, might have to try that myself oneday.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#4 posted 02-21-2011 06:33 AM

Cool project, well done. Those are always appreciated and so functional…...........

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#5 posted 02-21-2011 08:42 AM

Neat and functional job…well done.

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#6 posted 02-21-2011 03:13 PM

Nick – Nice work, and two for the price of one !

I am just preparing to make a similar chair myself, but using the design from Popular Mechanics – which is now available on Sketchup 3D Warehouse under the title ‘Library Chair/Stool’ (I created this Sketchup version and went to put it in the 3D Warehouse, only to find it already there – Doh!). The extra back leg (darker colour) is a hand support that I am considering attaching by a pivot just below what becomes the top step.

I see that you have used piano hinges, but I guess that these protrude slightly above the seat surface.

I’ve purchased a pair of counter flap hinges – which should not protrude – but wonder if you avoided using these for any reason that I may not have considered ?

Your comments would be appreciated

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#7 posted 02-21-2011 03:26 PM

Cool build. I’ve wanted to make one of these for a long time. Space is limited where I live and having multipurpose furniture makes sense. Yet another project to add to the build list. Thanks for sharing.

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#8 posted 02-21-2011 03:37 PM

Nice chairs

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#9 posted 02-21-2011 05:18 PM

Nice work!

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#10 posted 02-21-2011 07:17 PM

Nice design and well done.
Thanks for sharing with us and welcome to Lumberjocks community.

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#11 posted 02-21-2011 07:29 PM

Good looking chair. I like the personalized detail and shape of the seat back.
I am about 1/3 of the way through making my first Franklin chair.

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#12 posted 02-22-2011 12:30 AM

very nice chair/steps I’m considering one for the future

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#13 posted 02-22-2011 03:27 AM

Thank you all for the positive comments. This was my first attempt at a piece of furniture. Aside from stools. I used a piano hinge thinking it would be more rugged. That and it was what I had around. Thanks again for the feed back. Nick

-- nicksshoppe

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