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1411 days ago

Topic tags/keywords: question chair patio chair design folding chair

Does anyone have any plans for a folding patio chair? I’ve been looking online at various styles of chairs and I’m a fan of something like this

I’m trying to figure out how to handle the holding part. What I see or assume is there are three parts that need to be able to ‘fold’

Part1 (orange arrow) would be the back of the seat so the question would I need a full rod that spans the width of the seat or do you just use nuts and bolts?

Part2 (blue arrow) is the from of the seat and I guess it would be the same question as part1

Part3 (green arrow) is where the legs cross, once again is it just a bolt?

I guess I don’t konw if there is some sort of hardware that is designed for this or do you just get a regular bolt and countersink it, have a washer on the other side with a nut that you just don’t tighten super tight?

-- Josh, South Jordan Utah


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#1 posted 1411 days ago

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#2 posted 1411 days ago

Thanks for the link Jim, I looked at it but it looks like those parts are mostly to put on the bottom of chair legs and aren’t necessarily for building (at least from what I can tell)

-- Josh, South Jordan Utah

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#3 posted 1399 days ago

Orange and green arrows just need a bolt through each pivot. Brass or plastic flange/sleeve bearings would make the movement smoother. Blue needs a connection between the legs (you can barely see it), but no pivot. The seat sits on top of the legs. If you really want a single, smooth movement, you could put tracks under the seat and rollers on the top of the legs at the blue arrow, but I’d just leave the seat loose in front.

Did I make that clear? We had a couple old chairs like that when I was little, and that’s how two of them worked. I think another had a sliding dowel (like my roller suggestion), but it had a tendency to jam up.

-- ~Mark

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#4 posted 1399 days ago

The sleeve bearings m88k recommends are a good idea to keep the threads from eroding the wood over time and to make the action smoother.

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#5 posted 1391 days ago

Lee valey has two different plans. I have been researching on making a cpl for around my fire pit and think I’m going to buy one of these planes and build them out of Jatoba. Hope this helps.

http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=47244&cat=1,46158,47297

http://www.leevalley.com/US/wood/page.aspx?p=44835&cat=1,46158,42665&ap=1

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 1391 days ago

Hey, thanks for the input. Its exactly what I was looking for.

M88K: so basically the ‘seat’ would just rest on the legs loosely then? I suppose you’d just put some sort of stop on the end of the seat to keep the legs from rotating out too far.

-- Josh, South Jordan Utah

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#7 posted 408 days ago

Hi Josh,

Did you ever find a plan for the folding chair like the picture you posted? I’d be interesting in finding out how it came out and getting a copy of those plans – if you’re interesting in sharing ‘em.

I’m looking for some plans for a chair like this. I’m an avid fisherman and we do a lot of “bank fishing” in the spring time (for bullhead) – and ice fishing in the winter time – a chair like this one would sure be handy to carry along. as well as just having a few of them for around the house for family events, etc. So that’s what I’m thinking about making -

Any help is greatly appreciated

Matt

-- "There are three kinds of men. The ones who learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves." --- Will Rogers

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Francisco Luna

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#8 posted 408 days ago

are you looking for something simple or fancy?

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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mbmattvt

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#9 posted 408 days ago

Well… here’s a link to what I’m thinking about making.

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=Chair+Folding+Teak+Wood+pattern+to+make&qs=n&form=QBIR&pq=chair+folding+teak+wood+pattern+to+make&sc=0-23&sp=-1&sk=&&id=1901D7B21E2F5C8E6323E4BE58A7B5BE32B9CAB5&selectedIndex=7#view=detail&id=1901D7B21E2F5C8E6323E4BE58A7B5BE32B9CAB5&selectedIndex=0

I’d consider anything similar – with arms, without, tall, short, different styles, etc.

-- "There are three kinds of men. The ones who learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves." --- Will Rogers

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Francisco Luna

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#10 posted 408 days ago

I see….I’m just asking because a few weeks ago I picked up this nice old folding chair at a local state sale….. I love the simplicity of this chair, less is more as the English Poet used to say, and I would like to build more some day.

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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mbmattvt

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#11 posted 408 days ago

Francisco,

You may have in your hand what I’m looking for too… I’m a fan of less is more and simpler is better. Got any pictures of it?

-- "There are three kinds of men. The ones who learn by reading. The few who learn by observation. The rest of them have to pee on the electric fence for themselves." --- Will Rogers

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#12 posted 408 days ago

I would spend more money and meat in a nice-heavy French type table…..this chair made out of any hardwood would look great…..elements can be redesigned, like a curve backplate, and wider seat.

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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