Refurbished Lawn Chairs

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Project by PRGDesigns posted 01-30-2012 12:01 AM 1786 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Yes, I realize these are not made entirely of wood, but they do have a wood component which is relevant.

These were my parent’s favorite lawn chairs and subsequently all of their kids coveted them when they weren’t sitting in them. My parents acquired them from the S&H Green Stamp store 40 years ago or so. By the time they were passed to me, the webbing had dry rotted and my Dad’s attempt at refinishing the original birch wooden parts had started to peel off. I moved them 4 times before I was able to refurbish them and each time I moved them I had to ask myself were they worth it? I had an interesting time trying to find the webbing size that matched the frame. I finally found the webbing at Turner’s Hardware in Carrollton, TX (a real hardware store). The 2 legs insert into the aluminum frame, so I used my Veritas dowel maker to shape the top of the Ipe’ legs and left the bottom square. The brace between the legs was concave on the ends and I shaped those ends with an OSS. The original arms were skinny and not suitable for beverages. I made 2 different sets of arms for a his and her look. The cup holder holes fit a Sonic Route 44 drink perfectly. My middle son, age 23, thought the holes were too big for his beverages and I nodded in agreement. Everything was put back together with stainless steel or aluminum fasteners. The chairs were and still are some of the most comfortable portable chairs I have sat in. Any comments or critiques are welcome. Thanks for looking.

-- They call me Mr. Silly

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#1 posted 01-30-2012 12:40 AM

No, not a lot of wood here but it’s tough wood and looks great with the blue.
I sat in those very same chairs as a kid and quite agree on their comfort and style. Nice save and rework, Ipe will probably outlast the new webbing.
Too bad for your son but perhaps he’ll have his chance to re-work them some day.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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#2 posted 01-30-2012 12:47 AM

Looks like them turned out very well. These chairs have special value to you ,that makes the project well worth while.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 01-31-2012 04:24 AM

I certainly broke one or two of those chairs in my lifetime… looks great, and I can see them in the back of your truck going to the beach…

-- Steven

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