|Project by PRGDesigns||posted 01-30-2012 12:01 AM||1505 views||0 times favorited||3 comments|
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