My First Chair!

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Project by Skelatile posted 371 days ago 2389 views 7 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is chair number one for me. Lots of learning with this project. The goal was to build a chair from a single piece of plywood. I used a 1/2” 5’x5’ sheet of baltic birch plywood and ended up with enough left over to do a footstool to match (to come later). Overall Im pretty happy with how it turned out. Some of the joints are a bit wonky but a little glue and screws tightened everything up nice and solid. Those that have seen it in person so far have give some really helpful feed back on how to tweak the design to get the proportions right and make it more comfortable. I will most certainly be making an updated version. It hasnt fallen apart yet so that so thats a win in my book haha. Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 371 days ago

That’s really neat. Keep experimenting, it’s a life journey.

-- If I'm not in the shop, I'm someplace else. Joel, Lumberjock #30,000

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#2 posted 371 days ago

congratulations on your first chair. Building chairs is very challenging and offers lots of room for experimentation. I like the overall design of you chair.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 371 days ago

Nice work on the chair, interesting workshop too!

-- Regards Robert

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#4 posted 371 days ago

Great job! Like the joinery.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 371 days ago

Nice job on the chair. Keep it up. You can learn from every project.

-- Experience: What you have left after you've lost everything else.

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#6 posted 371 days ago

Very cool idea! I love it!

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#7 posted 371 days ago

Good job. One thing I like to think about when I make a chair is what if some 300 lb guy sat in it? Would it hold up? It could be an expensive lesson.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#8 posted 370 days ago

Nice! I recognize that place. Good to see another person from Atlanta person on here.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#9 posted 370 days ago

That’s a good looking first chair! I’m not a chair maker, but I think a good test of the chair and footstool would be how long it takes to drift off into a pleasant nap in it. Thanks for posting!

-- John B.

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#10 posted 370 days ago

Cool build…......just doesn’t look comfortable . Also I am the 300+ pound guy mentioned in comment #7 above. I could give it a stress test if you would like. :)
Neat project, stay skinny.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#11 posted 370 days ago

Thanks for the comments yall! I really appreciate it :)

@Brandon: It will be there for the rest of the week and Im there all the time. It’d be great to meet a fellow lumberjock if you find yourself in the area.

As for the structural integrity of the chair, there is some flex in the back legs so I dont know if it would pass the weight test. It could certainly be beefed up.

Its actually reasonably comfortable as is though it could use a cushion haha. I want to tilt the whole thing back a bit more, lengthen the legs a few inches, raise up the arm rests and shorten the back a bit.

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#12 posted 370 days ago

and a very fine chair it is too. Well done!

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#13 posted 369 days ago

very cool. I like the idea of using one sheet and the design is awesome.

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#14 posted 369 days ago

@ Brandon and Skelatile. I thought the same thing when I saw that picture. I was like wait I know that background! Too funny but I digress. Great chair! looks cool.

-- "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do... Explore, Dream, Discover” Mark Twain

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#15 posted 369 days ago

wow. I haven’t tried a chair yet but I think i have found my inspiration!

-- Brian, Vandenberg AFB

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