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Project by pdegreyt posted 784 days ago 1544 views 10 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was asked by a friend if I could build this type of chair, Having never build one before I went on to try this very interesting project, that had me scratching my head more then ones. The project was made whole out of pine 2 by 2 material held up by 3/8 threaded rods. At the end of the project I came to the conclusion that : a I need to place the seat higher and next I will use wooden dowels instead of the metal rods. Also if you want to build this project I strongly recommend using a drill press for the holes, I don’t have a drill press yet and the project became a nightmare without one since no matter how well I tried drill straight holes it just never seem to work for me, ah well, I did learn quit a bit from this project and know that next time, things will be easier





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rdjack21

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#1 posted 784 days ago

Nice looking chair. For keeping that drill bit strait when using a hand drill get one of these or something like this . I have the one from Woodcraft but I’ve been looking at the one on ebay because it has a whole lot more guide sizes and you can’t loose the guide bushings.

I’m going to hit the favorite button on this one as well because I like the idea.

Thanks for sharing

Forgot to add do you have a picture of it folded up?

-- --- Richard Jackson

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pdegreyt

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#2 posted 784 days ago

Richard,I didn’t really forget to add the folding picture, I just didn’t have one handy on my computer. but as you can see I downloaded it from my Facebook page and added to the project pictures.

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#3 posted 783 days ago

Cool thanks now I understand how it works. I wonder if you could make it close flat which would make it easer on storage (think camp chair).

-- --- Richard Jackson

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pdegreyt

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#4 posted 783 days ago

that is a good question, I have seen one similar to what you are talking about at Woodworking for Mere Mortals. If you haven’t checked that show on youtube, you should. He has some great tips for new people and fun projects. This chair is made be to a replica of a 15Th century folding chair, hence this construction. I am sure you could adapt this design to do what ever. The only way I think it could work is a split bench top. Where you divide the seat into two pieces having them go in opposite directions, but that is just me thinking out loud here. If I were to do some thing like that I would move away from the x-design all together and make a box instead so you could store things under the seat that way.

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pdegreyt

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#5 posted 783 days ago

or I could just read what you saying, and as a matter of fact it goes very flat on the picture it doesn’t show that because I needed it still to stand up, hence that angle, just to show people it does fold. Now I just fell silly for giving such a long explanation like that with thinking that you wanted a flat seat, well that’s what happens when you jump to conclusions I guess, my bad

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#6 posted 783 days ago

Good idea. Looks like an easy build for a small camping table to set beside a folding chair ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#7 posted 783 days ago

Very cool design! How did you attach the top and bottom cross pieces? Why do you think dowels would have been better? And could you share the dimensions and the location of the of the joints? It looks like the “center” hinge is a little off-center, from the way it’s folding up. Nice work!

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pdegreyt

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#8 posted 782 days ago

My secret is an age old secret passed down from woodworkers throughout time w’ood-pu-tty. The joint are just flush joints connected with screws counter sunk filled with the secret of all woodworkers . Yes the center hinge is off center, this allows for the fold.The other side is in the center I found this out the hard way. I think that wood dowels would work better because they can be sanded flat, the metal rods caused me deal of trouble. I still think it would better if I had a drill press it help having straight holes. The sides are about 30” high and 10.5” wide. the seat needs to be higher because this is rather low so I gave it to my daughter who is nine. when I do get my drill press I might put out a video showing how to make this chair, I think the would work the best, because there some tricks to this chair that would take some time to explain

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