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Forum topic by Belg1960 posted 07-13-2012 10:15 AM 1528 views 0 times favorited 7 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-13-2012 10:15 AM

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Good morning folks, I need to build one of these for someone who weighs about 400LBS and has disabilities. I’m looking for a plan that would have a seat that is at a more level height and will support his massive frame could anyone help? Thanks Pat

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#1 posted 07-13-2012 10:56 AM

Gidday Pat – I have been a disability worker for many years and might be able to help with design ideas – but I will need a photo of what you need to build :)

-- Terina C

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#2 posted 07-13-2012 12:40 PM

For a guy that size ..a short lifeguard style chair with sprayed legs..just add the adirondack back an thoughts…


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#3 posted 07-13-2012 01:56 PM

Look for Jake’s Chair on google.

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#4 posted 07-13-2012 08:31 PM

this is the style chair I think would work best but for an adult (xlarge), he is 6’2” tall and has extreme trouble getting out of a chair that is too low. The seat should be like a figure “s” if looking from the side. The armrest comfortable for a man of this girth and height, how high would this be from the seat height? How high would the seat be from the floor? I’ll include a cup holder in the armrest.

Herb, I looked at your type of chair and don’t think he would be able to use this very easily.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#5 posted 07-13-2012 08:54 PM

I would measure from the bend of the knee to the floor.that would the height of the seat.I built a adirondack chalr for a professional wrestler that stands 6’6’’ and weighs about 425 lbs.It was built out of 5/4 deck boards,the seat was 24’‘wide .there is a pic of another chair I built in my projects,all I did was up size it,cup holders and all.good luck and have fun.

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#6 posted 07-13-2012 09:02 PM

I am 6’6” and 375 lbs so I know that the standard chair plans are not gong to work for him. If you can find a plan that would work I would double all of the major supports of the chair. When I have broken chairs it has always been at a joint or intersection. I would also take measurements of his frame to make sure that he is supported correctly. I have a long waste and short legs for my height. I need a different chair design than someone my height with a 36” inseam where mine is only 32”. Good luck with this. I would like to see how it turns out.

-- Mark - Pueblo, Colorado

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#7 posted 07-20-2012 12:59 PM

you may need to consider the cross piece under the front – often it is easier if they can put their weight over their feet – the char certainly looks sturdy enough – the height of the legs may need to be measured from the back of his knee to the floor for correct height – also pressure areas are also a problem – would you be willing to pad the arms rests where the bone may rest – rather than have it against the timber. I would agree with some of what Mark says above – measure him well – again this will to some extent minimize the chance of pressure sores – and they are a BIG problem – painful and often take months to heal so avoiding them is the key. I really think the design will work if it is made specifically for him – great thinking – looking forward the the end result :)

-- Terina C

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