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Project by TexasDawg posted 08-17-2009 09:11 PM 2537 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well, everything the government buys is from the cheapest bidder and boy do they go cheap. Office chairs around here don’t last very long when you have people in body armor sitting in them. My office was hurting for working chairs, so I walked around camp one day and collected 11 broken chairs. From what I found, I was able to create 6 working chairs for the office, but was left with a lot of odd parts. Someone challenged me to create a couch so that we could watch movies on the TV in the office. Of course I said, “no problem” and set about finding a few pieces of good scrap to use. Once the wood was scavanged, it was easy to take a few broken chair parts and create a three man couch.

Two issues – man is this thing heavy – it was a pain to lug up the stairs and get it in the office. The other problem is that we have almost 30 people jammed in the office – which is made of old shipping containers, so the couch took up the whole area between desks, making it very difficult to move around in the office. After one movie, it was relegated to the security shack and now hosts all the people from camp who visit our office. I have reports of people taking pictures of the couch so that they can try and get one built for their office.

New life for old chairs!

The steps in pictures:

1) Broken Chair Parts
2) Build a Scrap Wood Base
3) Add the Seating
4) Enjoy the Show!

-- "Counting down the days till I get back to my workshop..."

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#1 posted 08-17-2009 09:13 PM

Sorry, forgot to mention that the ‘snow’ you see in the pictures is actually the flash reflection off crud floating in the air. Gotta love being stationed in a city with one of the worst air quality ratings in the world.

-- "Counting down the days till I get back to my workshop..."

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#2 posted 08-17-2009 09:40 PM

you could make a fortune selling that stuff here ,
everyone wants to upgrade !

my guess , is you on the left ,
with the big grin ?
from a job well done .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 08-17-2009 10:18 PM

Nope, I am the one on the right – thus the nickname Deputy Dawg.

Steven Deputy

-- "Counting down the days till I get back to my workshop..."

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#4 posted 08-17-2009 10:50 PM

Great job Steven! We had the same kind of chairs when I was there and I designated one of my Soldiers as the chair repair guy. He would do the same thing you did, make a few working chairs out of a bunch of broken ones. We always had extra parts laying around, mostly the wheels since that was what broke the most.

-- Dale Manning, Carthage, NY

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#5 posted 08-17-2009 11:23 PM

I always remove the knobs from these office chairs whenever I go to our reclamation yard, they come in very handy for a multitude of workshop jobs .Anyway well done it’s both cheep and cheerful. LOL Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#6 posted 08-18-2009 02:14 AM


-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#7 posted 08-18-2009 02:14 AM

Good Job Steven.
That’s using the old noodle to make something useful out of broken parts!
Do you have some sort of shop on base, or is it wherever you can clamp a board to?

You are a very resourceful guy.

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#8 posted 08-22-2009 07:51 AM

creative use of old chairs

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#9 posted 08-22-2009 09:33 PM


My shop here on base is a pile a rocks between two buildings. When I started, I built a cover over some electrical cords running across the ground and used that for a flat space (you can see it in the third picture in my “A few things for the office” posting). Later, I found a broken table that I was able to put a little further back along the building. You will be able to see it in some of the pictures once I get my current project done. I hope to post something soon.


-- "Counting down the days till I get back to my workshop..."

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