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My Very First Chair, Portable Folding Tall Chair and thanks to gfadvm (Andy)

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Project by Blackie_ posted 02-21-2013 01:07 AM 2245 views 5 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Recognition: I first want to give thanks to Andy for sharing his cut List.

Pictured: Portable Folding Tall Chair, I created this chair from Alder as I’ve found Alder being a hard wood is very light and when toting things I like them light, it is finished in a single coat of Tung Oil and 2 coats of exterior Varnish. This chair will be a great asset for me during my shows.

Build: With my start of doing shows at market events and with my research, I found that a tall chair was recommend so as to put you in eye-to-eye contact with customers as they enter into your booth and these chairs aren’t easy to come by, thus my search here on LJ’s I discovered gfadvm, which has been so kind to us all had a cut list on this very chair, so with that, I took pencil to paper and made notes of the cut list also along with several PM’s to Andy and even a phone call :) even though I had made notes to the exact, I still found myself making many…. trips back and forth from the shop to the house as I needed to compare my construction with what Andy had pictured on the computer to make sure I was doing it right, Andy did an excellent job on the cut list and posting.

Though not perfect as there are mistakes, One thing that I missed was the head board, I over looked how Andy had it mounted and I didn’t allow quite enough clearances between woods on the folding as she’s a bit tight but I think over time it will loosen up.

Thanks for viewing and comments are always enjoyed.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs





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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 02-21-2013 01:12 AM

Awesome build, they are on my list as well

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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grizzman

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#2 posted 02-21-2013 01:19 AM

you did a great job, and yea, andy , hes the best…enjoy that chair at your shows…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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DocSavage45

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#3 posted 02-21-2013 01:33 AM

It will do the trick! Nice!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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woodshaver

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#4 posted 02-21-2013 01:35 AM

Nice looking chair Randy! My hat’s off to you and Andy! This should make your shows more comfortable and I agree about making eye-to-eye contact with customers. Great job! I like how it folds up so you can store easily.

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Greg..the Cajun Box Sculptor

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#5 posted 02-21-2013 02:07 AM

Randy…You did a real nice job building your chair. One thought…cumfortable seat cushion for it…

It really does makie a difference having a tall directors chair for the shows. The very first show I did was using a regular sized folding chair and I immediately knew I was sitting too low and needed some extra padding for my rear.

The next day I ordered 2 folding directors chairs ( had to have 2 so my wife and I wouldn’t play musical chairs) and it was much better… both on an eye-to-eye level and easier on my feet for being in the tent for 2 or more days.

-- We all must start somewhere in our journey of doing what we love to do.

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gfadvm

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#6 posted 02-21-2013 02:21 AM

That looks just like it’s supposed to! 2 comments: turn those carriage bolts around where the front legs and arms meet so you have the smooth side towards you. And you dadoed the foot rest but not the back brace between the legs. Are you happy with the comfortable aspect? I’ve never felt like I needed a cushion for the seat. Oh, I don’t see any catches for the dowel/rear leg. That could cause problems!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Blackie_

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#7 posted 02-21-2013 02:56 AM

Andy, I saw the catches on the cut list but wasn’t real sure what they were for and if I needed them, what exactly do they do and how are they mounted?

Was I supposed to dadoed the rear too? looking at your pictures the rear wasn’t dadoed.

Carriage bolts flipped, well now that makes since :)

Very happy, I curved the rear of the seat up just a bit, not real sure if that makes any difference .

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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CalgaryGeoff

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#8 posted 02-21-2013 03:21 AM

Cool job. I like it.

-- If you believe you can or can not do a thing, you are correct.

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 02-21-2013 04:22 AM

Randy, I dado the front and back now as it eliminates almost all the side to side wobble. Those catches pivot on a single screw to keep the dowel from coming out of the half hole it seats in. If it comes out while you are sitting in the chair, bad things can happen! (the chair will fold up with you in it). I edited that project post after I changed the brace attachments so only the last pic shows the new design. Sorry for any confusion this caused.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Woodwrecker

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#10 posted 02-21-2013 04:58 AM

That’s a beauty of a chair and one I am going to make.
Yours came out really nice !

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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Jamie Speirs

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#11 posted 02-21-2013 09:27 AM

Very nice Randy
Ok I give up where is the secret drawer? LoL

Jamie

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Blackie_

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#12 posted 02-21-2013 10:35 AM

Ah OK Andy I can see how you have the catches mounted and function now, I did however deepen the holes with a 1 1/8” sanding drum on my spindle sander so they shouldn’t come out but yes I agree the added protection would be good, I’ll add them and make the other changes you pointed out as well, only I think I’m going to leave the smooth side of the carriage bolts on the outside, I chopped the bolt ends off with a dremel cutoff wheel so they wouldn’t be in the way of sitting.

Thanks :)

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Donna Menke

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#13 posted 02-21-2013 01:51 PM

I think that it is great to have a woodworker sitting in his own handiwork at a show. You may want to run up another one in case someone wants to buy one at a show. You could probably even made 2 in the same amount of time. Once the set up is done. . .

-- "So much wood. . .so little time!" www.woodworks-by-donna.com

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Blackie_

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#14 posted 02-21-2013 03:35 PM

Thank you Donna, yea that would be a great idea.

-- Randy - If I'm not on LJ's then I'm making Saw Dust. Please feel free to visit my store location at http://www.facebook.com/randy.blackstock.custom.wood.designs

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Randy_ATX

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#15 posted 02-21-2013 06:09 PM

Nice job Randy and thanks for sharing the plans (Andy). I love the idea of it folding – it would work well for the trips I take with my son to Port Aransas, beach camping! Another to-do project for me.

-- Randy -- Austin, TX by way of Northwest (Woodville), OH

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