|Project by JerryL||posted 01-30-2008 05:49 AM||6284 views||13 times favorited||15 comments|
I just noticed that I have three telescopes in my projects list. I do build other things – take this adjustable height observing chair for example. Instead of looking through it you sit on it ;-). Basically the problem is that when you use most telescopes the height of the eyepiece changes as you look at things high in the sky vs. low on the horizon. Constantly bending down or standing up can really take a toll on your back.
This chair solves that by having a seat that’s adjustable. The first picture shows it best. The seat is made with two metal bars in the back (covered in heat shrink tubing to soften them and add some friction). By tilting the seat up it allows it to slide from where the legs attach to near the top of the back.
The construction is all 5/4 hard maple execpt for the seat slats which are 3/4 soft maple. There’s no stain just 3 or 4 coats of wipe on satin polly. This is my first real project with maple and I had really enjoyed working with this wood. 5/4 is really beefy to start with and the nice tight grain and hard wood make this stuff a dream to work.
Now if only those clouds would go away….
-- Jerry L.