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Project by gfadvm posted 07-10-2011 08:10 PM 4596 views 51 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Several people have asked me to do a blog on my folding chairs. I think this will work and wont tax my computing skills. The first 2 pics are my newest: walnut finished with Spar. The next pic is the cutlist for all parts. The third and fourth pics show where to make the holes for the carriage bolts and dowel. These are very important to put these in the right places. I think this is enough but pm me if you need more info. I changed a design feature 9/12/11. The foot rest and the rear brace between legs is now glued/screwed into a 2 1/2” dado across face of legs. This change has taken all the lateral wobble out. The last picture shows foot rest as changed.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm





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Dan Hux

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#1 posted 07-10-2011 08:22 PM

Great looking chair.

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC http://whitdaniel.com

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#2 posted 07-10-2011 08:58 PM

these are really cool…they look sorta like a directors chair…these must be for when your on the ranch and your pointing your bosses finger telling folks what to do…haha….i like the walnut…these would do well for the gumbo eating contest…gets you high and plenty of elbow room…grizz

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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gfadvm

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#3 posted 07-10-2011 09:05 PM

Grizz – Wait til you see the 4’ diameter octagonal matching table!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 07-10-2011 09:32 PM

Those sure look nice. I’m going to favorite this one for a future project!
Thanks.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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nailbanger2

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#5 posted 07-10-2011 09:53 PM

Thanks a lot!

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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58j35bonanza

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#6 posted 07-10-2011 10:24 PM

Really nice design.
I bought some smaller chairs like these when I was in Costa Rica about 30 years ago, and over the years they were broken or given away.
I have been thinking about how the chairs were made and wanted to try and make a set.
With this, you have made my job a lot easier. These are not exact copies of the ones that I had but area great design. Thanks.

-- Chuck

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tjdv

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#7 posted 07-11-2011 02:37 AM

Very nice. Thx.

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 07-11-2011 02:58 AM

YOU ALL PROBABLY FIGURED THIS OUT BUT ALL MEASUREMENTS NOTED ON THE TEMPLATES ARE MEASURED FROM THE TOP OR FROM THE FRONT. Sorry for missing this earlier.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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simarilan

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#9 posted 07-30-2011 05:02 PM

Just saw your table and chairs – very well done. Then read where you posted the chair, had to see it. Excellent. I have to try a couple of those. I really would like to use cedar, any thoughts on that?

-- Quality is easy to see - but hard to explain

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gfadvm

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#10 posted 07-31-2011 12:34 AM

I dont see any reason why cedar wont work IF you can find heavy enough stock. Im not sure 3/4” cedar would be rigid enough. Note that my legs are a full 7/8” thick. Other than that it should be OK. Try to avoid knots in the load bearing areas as most cedar is loaded with knots. My chairs are made from reclaimed doug fir 2×12s. The jatoba and walnut are made from 4/4 stock. Hope this helps. Note that I spray painted the carriage bolts before assembly as the bright zinc finish wasn’t acceptable for me.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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58j35bonanza

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#11 posted 09-14-2011 03:14 AM

Great looking chair! I have been wanting to make one but been busy with boxes, but one of these days, I will have one.

-- Chuck

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Blackie_

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#12 posted 02-06-2013 03:45 AM

I am quite certain Alder would be a great choice for this since it is one of the softest and lightest if not the most out of all the hardwoods. Thanks so very much for posting this Andy, I need a high chair one for my booth.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Blackie_

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#13 posted 02-17-2013 01:43 PM

OK wood choice was Alder due to it’s very light weight and sturdability in a hardwood, I have all the pieces cut holes drilled did a trial fit, it appears I made accurate cuts and holes thus far :) am now in the process of doing the finish work, first coat of tung oil has been applied, I’m going to final coat the chair with exterior marine varnish.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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gfadvm

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#14 posted 02-18-2013 01:12 AM

I’m anxious to see the result and hear what you think about how comfortable it is.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Kevbo

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#15 posted 04-09-2013 07:25 PM

I have some perfect reclaimed oak for this project and am very excited to get started. I can’t read your cut list though for the back slats, seat slats, or the rubber feet. I’m typing up the rest and will post it here for people who would like to be able to cut and paste it. If someone from clarify for me I’d appreciate it!
Thanks -KH

-- Makin' the most of the tools I have...

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