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Project by Eric in Florida. posted 03-29-2013 06:09 PM 4633 views 14 times favorited 43 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Old worn out beat up oak crate boards given some love and turned into a very comfortable studio/tall folding chair.
Thank you Andy, Randy & Jeff for the tips and design.
I made two of these but I see more in the future.
I wanted to finish this chair off in a deep reddish stained color but was over ruled by headquarters…lol
You were right Andy, it sits mighty comfortably.

If you joint, straighten, pluck nails and sand like a crazy person, then throw on a nice finish, this lumber which is headed to the dump can become something from nothing.

I hope you like it.
Thanks a bunch and have a great day.

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#1 posted 03-29-2013 06:24 PM

Good looking work Eric… I like repurposing scrap & left-over lumber too. With a little more planning & inginuity people can come up with cool projects like your chair. GREAT JOB!


-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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Jim Jakosh

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#2 posted 03-29-2013 06:31 PM

Great way to go with the color change throughout the piece!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#3 posted 03-29-2013 06:33 PM

Beautiful stuff, for sure. Wow!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive

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#4 posted 03-29-2013 06:35 PM

I love the chair, you are a jedi master at bringing old wood back to life :)


-- Easy to use end grain cutting board designer:

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#5 posted 03-29-2013 06:36 PM

Great job, Eric. It looks nice and elegant. You are The From-Nothing-To-Wonders woodworker. It’s like you can see through a pile of wood trash. Hat’s off!



-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. --

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#6 posted 03-29-2013 06:50 PM

Now, how cool are you! That’s awesome!!

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#7 posted 03-29-2013 07:04 PM

Great looking chair! Amazing work Eric.


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#8 posted 03-29-2013 07:47 PM

I need to check out your tips, I love the design.

Looks great,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 03-29-2013 07:54 PM

Beautiful transformation, Eric!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#10 posted 03-29-2013 07:58 PM

This is so above Ikea standards in every way!

-- Thomas - Pondering the inclusion of woodworking into physics and chemistry classes...

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#11 posted 03-29-2013 08:52 PM

WOW. Love it. Great Job!
I have been wanting the make one of these!. Where can I find the plans?

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#12 posted 03-29-2013 09:22 PM

good find, some blokes have all the luck

-- Every neighborhood has an eccentric neighbor. I wondered for years "who was ours?" Then I realized it was me.

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#13 posted 03-29-2013 10:04 PM

Great use of scrap wood. Looks pretty comfortable.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#14 posted 03-29-2013 10:04 PM

A fine looking chair you have created. Good job, time well spent. thanks for showing it to the rest us us.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#15 posted 03-29-2013 10:29 PM

Eric, that is just great, I gotta make some of those for my vacation house. My shop down there is coming along and I might be able to do it. Right now I have some iron furniture out on the deck, and I paint any spots showing rust, and they are serviceable. But a bunch of these would be a lot more attractive.

Have a good one, on a lazy weekend recovering from some minor surgery….......

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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