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Project by Sam Shakouri posted 01-15-2012 01:43 PM 2125 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When they are folded, they are only 300mm long. Here in the photos they look very much like real. I had made ten of them in 1991 and taken them to a barbie shop lady and asked her if she was interested in buying them. Without a word, she grabed them with a tight hug to her chest and said: “YES I AM.” Last week I wanted to do it again for no reason in particular, and here I am with the first three. 3 photos are added today 22/1/2012 after compliting another 7 chairs. photos# 5 & 6 some steps of making them.
Am I a Barbie man!!

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#1 posted 01-15-2012 01:53 PM

Nice deck chairs Sam, there wil always be a Barbie that will need one of these. Good to see the Aussie flag.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#2 posted 01-15-2012 02:04 PM

Really nice, Sam! Is the pattern available anywhere? My Granddaughters would love them!


-- Paul,

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#3 posted 01-15-2012 02:16 PM

I did not follow any pattern, Paul. I just scaled down a real one and worked it out in my head. Thanks for the comment.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#4 posted 01-15-2012 03:22 PM

Hi Sam.

The Aussie ensign is a nice touch!

Could you provide some details for those of us who don’t have a full sized one handy to scale down from? Dimensions, material thickness, etc. Don’t forget the length of the “sling” portion. If it’s not being too nosy, what do you charge for them? I haven’t a clue what this sort of thing (dolls and suchlike) costs as the missus does the Barbie buying for us. We like to keep gifts around even value wise to avoid hurt feelings among the shorter set.

We don’t have any kids of our own, but with many friends here, we’re hip deep in honorary grand-kids, most of whom are of the petticoat persuasion. Thus, we are forever finding orphaned Barbies looking for their somewhat careless miniature mommies. These would be great for birthdays, which seem to pop up almost every other week.

the little honorary grandad

-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#5 posted 01-15-2012 03:29 PM

Very clever Sam ! I particularly like the flag ! nicely done !

-- The pig caught under the fence is always the one doing all the squealing !

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#6 posted 01-15-2012 06:27 PM

Well done Sam.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#7 posted 01-15-2012 06:45 PM

COOL Chairs… Look very comfy too!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#8 posted 01-15-2012 06:46 PM

I never would have guessed they were miniature!

Sweet little chairs, Sam!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#9 posted 01-15-2012 08:22 PM

Wow… only 11.8” long… for dolls…

... even so, increase the scale… would be good for adults as well.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#10 posted 01-15-2012 10:44 PM

Something for the “little folk” Sam, nice job indeed, great market for Shop window dressing I bet,
(hey Bob :: ))) )

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#11 posted 01-15-2012 11:49 PM

Nice one Sam.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#12 posted 01-16-2012 01:35 AM

Big Tini, the only way I can help you is to ask you to search for DIY: Folding Deck Chair. They will tell you how to make a life size deck chair and from there, it is up to you what size you want to do. That was how I made them. Good luck. And thank you everybody for your comments.

-- Sam Shakouri / CREATING WONDERS WITH WOOD.....Sydney,Australia....

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#13 posted 01-16-2012 02:16 AM

Great idea … and nearing Australia Day….

-- Don't drink and use power tools @

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#14 posted 01-16-2012 02:24 AM

Great job Sam!! I like them alot!!

Thanks for sharing

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#15 posted 01-17-2012 09:17 AM

Great deck chairs! My little girl has been getting right into Barbie lately, I might have to have a go at one of these for her dolls.

#Bob Collins
“Did you know there is a new Muslin talking doll…”

Hey Bob, are you sure it’s muslin (a loose woven cotton fabric)? Perhaps you mean Muslim, in which case I feel you should crawl back under your rock. Our flag is not an invitation for bigotry.

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