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Project by Bill posted 2340 days ago 12440 views 34 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my latest project, a Franklin Chair. This chair is attributed to Ben Franklin, or so the legend goes. Anyway, This chair will convert from a chair to a step ladder.

This chair was made from Pine, and finished with clear shellac. It is approximately 40” tall by 18” wide by 20” deep. The chair height is 19”, which is the one thing I would change when making this chair again. I would lower it an inch or two to be a more comfortable chair.

Actually, as it is the chair is comfortable to sit in. The hinges are not that noticeable, at least if you are not setting for a long time.

While it might not fit with my decor, it does make a handy step ladder or extra chair as needed.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com





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GaryK

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#1 posted 2340 days ago

Pretty cool. I am actually in the process of making one myself.

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

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Bill

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#2 posted 2340 days ago

Thanks Gary.

I added the little “spurs” on the bottom of the legs, to help keep them aligned when closed. It does seem to help. They were sticky at first, but have become more smooth with time.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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Karson

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#3 posted 2340 days ago

Looks great Bill. Nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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MsDebbieP

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#4 posted 2340 days ago

I need to find the plans for one of these. They are so cool
Nice.

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

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Greg3G

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#5 posted 2340 days ago

I really need to build one of these for my wife…she is constantly asking me to come in and get something down for her. She is only about 5’3”. Looks good Bill. good design.

-- Greg - Charles Town, WV

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Scott Bryan

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#6 posted 2340 days ago

Bill,

This is a nice job and a very practical piece of furniture.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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Dan'um Style

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#7 posted 2340 days ago

I like it. do you have a plan or sketchup ?

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

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MsDebbieP

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#8 posted 2340 days ago

they could use one of these at Lowe’s.
Rick and I had to run into the store for something and while he was searching for whatever it was, I stood by the safety – sunglasses display. Great display! Each style of glasses shown nicely for easy comparison. Each attached to a “zinger” as I call them, so you could try them on but they’d go back to their right spot. Each section of the display had its own mirror. Really well thought out. But, I couldn’t even see the hair on the top of my head, the mirror was “so high” and it wasn’t movable. So I don’t know what I looked like with my chosen pair on my face. Couldn’t see a thing. I guess they expect woodworkers to be well over 5’ high.

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

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rikkor

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#9 posted 2340 days ago

It looks great. I have never seen one of these before I joined LJ. I want to build one for my kitchen. Can you point me to a plan?

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grovemadman

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#10 posted 2339 days ago

I bet there might be one of these in my shop soon….LOL I might use barrel hinges though, the piano hinge don’t look too comfy. Thanks for the post Bill and the pics are very clear too.

-- --Chuck

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Tony

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#11 posted 2339 days ago

Excellent work – I really like it – very practicle

-- Tony - All things are possible, just some things are more difficult than others! - SKYPE: Heron2005 (http://www.poydatjatuolit.fi)

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woodup

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#12 posted 2338 days ago

I’ve been looking for ideas on this converting stepping stool but I didn’t know what it was called. Great Project.

-- Michael, Fort Worth, TX. "I wood if I could!"

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Bill

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#13 posted 2338 days ago

Thanks for all of the comments.

The plan I used was from “The Essential Pine Book” which is available through Amazon or the Lumberjocks store.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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cajunpen

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#14 posted 2338 days ago

That is a neat chair/ladder. Thanks for point out the book – I’ll have to check that out.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Bill

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#15 posted 2338 days ago

The book also has several more projects you might enjoy building, such as an outdoor planter bench, a sofa table, and even a blanket chest. There are 12 projects in total.

-- Bill, Turlock California, http://www.brookswoodworks.com

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