|Project by grfrazee||posted 08-08-2012 01:40 AM||5038 views||30 times favorited||9 comments|
I made these chairs by mostly cloning the design of a chair my Dad has, with a couple slight variations. I made the lap joints completely lapped (they were only about half-lapped and screwed in the original) and had to modify the lower stretcher to allow the chair to fold.
They’re maple, stained with a brown water-based stain that I can’t remember the name of (Antique or Amish something I think) and finished with semi-gloss acrylic. Hardware is brass, and it was probably as much or more expensive as the wood to build the chairs. The canvas I ordered online and sewed the white border on. I still have yet to attach rivets to the canvas corners, but I should do that soon since they’re getting a little frayed. The canvas is about 56” long by 17” wide, folded over 6” on each end. I put a fluffy padded piece of fabric under the fold that goes in the seat to help protect the wood and to give a bit of cushion as well.
On this project I discovered that trying to use an impact driver on brass screws is a bad idea (they twist right off!), so now I know to pre-screw with steel screws to tap the threads. Also, I got a little aggressive on the sanding around the lap joints, so they’re not as seamless as I would like. I had to put Loktite on the brass sex-screws to keep them from unscrewing as well.
My girlfriend uses hers for reading, and I find that mine works wonderfully for sitting in front of the TV playing video games. Go figure.
I have a SketchUp model too.
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