Cherry Folding Chair

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Project by Jim Jakosh posted 12-13-2016 06:01 PM 3680 views 4 times favorited 54 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a chair I made to take to car shows in my ‘72 Monte Carlo. I wanted a chair that sat at a comfortable height and did not squish me like the bag chairs do. It is made from cherry with stainless steel pins for pivots and 44mag cartridge casings in the wood for bearings for the seat swivels. The construction is dowels and glue.

It is 33” high, 17 5/8” wide , 21” front to back and 4” thick when folded.The seat height is 19”. It weighs 11 1/2# compared to 13# for the plywood prototype. I went with a pivot like the chair I saw made in Finland instead of the brass hinge I use on the plywood chair.

The Chevy bowtie inlay on the front is pistachio wood surrounded by turquoise. The one in the back was pistachio but I had some problems there and had to recut the inlay and insert walnut because my remaining piece of pistachio was too small. The lettering is inlaid with turquoise also.

It is to be an outdoor chair and I wanted the photos outdoors and this is how it is here in December. At least the sun came out for the photo shoot!!!

It is finished with Polyurethane.

Cheers, Jim

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

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Derek Oliver

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#1 posted 12-13-2016 06:08 PM

Great job. The chair looks great. Really like the inlays.

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#2 posted 12-13-2016 06:08 PM

Sweet build, Jim!

Growing up, my best friend was from Wisconsin (your neck of the woods). He always said that summer in Wisconsin was 3 weeks of poor skiing.

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

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#3 posted 12-13-2016 06:27 PM

Great work, sweet chair. What the heck is that white stuff? LOL

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

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#4 posted 12-13-2016 06:34 PM

that chair looks great,Jim
is it strong enough for my 93 kg?
without couple of beer in me
have a nice day

-- bambi

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#5 posted 12-13-2016 06:48 PM

Very nicely done. Sounds like you could pick up some custom orders for other people at the shows. Looks great.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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#6 posted 12-13-2016 07:04 PM

Amazing build on the chair Jim. The bowtie really sets it off…what’s that white stuff all over the ground??? I thought you wintered in Arizona buddy

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#7 posted 12-13-2016 07:12 PM

Super COOL chair…

It would be nice to see how all of the pivot points were made…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#8 posted 12-13-2016 07:22 PM

That is one sweet chair, sits smooth , rides like the Monteeeee…..Great workmanship, and great design, fits my butt and back perfectly. it may come up missing at our car shows, you’ll have to guard your seat so to speak..

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#9 posted 12-13-2016 07:30 PM

That’s a really neat chair Jim, now for the folding model … Snow? Are you not in Arizona for the winter?

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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#10 posted 12-13-2016 07:32 PM

I went back and looked at the photos … it does fold up … my bad for not looking at all of the pics first.

-- Grumpy old guy, and lookin' good Doin' it. ... Surprise Az.

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Jim Jakosh

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#11 posted 12-13-2016 07:57 PM

Thanks you all for the nice comments. Yup, that is snow and I wish I was skiing!!

Hi John, I won’t take order for chairs. My most unfavorite thing to make!!

Hi Buster, I’ll be in Arizona for New Years Eve!! Winding down the project here between blowing snow!!

Hi Bambi. It is plenty strong to hold you!!!!

Hi Joe, I had taken a lot of process shots but somehow they got deleted and I did not know it until after I glued it together today. Briefly, I have 4 SS pins sticking out of the sides of the seat. Two of them go into brass bushing in the front leg and two of them go into slots in the real leg and they run in that slot when folding the chair. The back has a 3 degree tilt back off vertical for a comfortable back rest and the seat is 19” high and pitched down 3 degrees in the back. The lower stringers each have 2 dowels in each end into the frames and the back has 4 dowels on each end into the frame. The seat has a bunch of biscuits in it on the low side so I did not cut into them when carving out the seat. The pivots consist of 2 – 1/4” brackets pressed and screwed into the front frame member and then held with a SS pins in the rear member and secured with screws.

Hi Bruce. Glad you liked it. I’ll bring it tonight to the guild meeting but the winder won’t be ready!!

Hi Mike, Now I need to sew up a bag for it so it does not get all scratched up in the trunk!!

Cheers, Jim

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

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#12 posted 12-13-2016 08:06 PM

Wow… nice chair. And customized to go with your car,.. that’s awesome.

-- Lalen, Texas. "If it looks straight, it is straight" Jimmy Diresta

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#13 posted 12-13-2016 08:16 PM

Very nice and practical chair. You made that sign very good. Lot of snow at you side!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#14 posted 12-13-2016 08:46 PM

Nicely done Jim. Now you are ready for spring and the car shows!!

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#15 posted 12-13-2016 09:05 PM

That is a nice chair Jim. Classy like your car. I like the inlays they really look good.

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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