Titanic deck chair

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Project by Dave posted 11-05-2017 01:03 PM 2672 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This took a long time to build. I had very poor plans from an old “Popular (something or other)” magazine and as many pictures of the originals I could find on the internet. I even took the time to build a sample out of cheap cedar before I went to the expensive wood.
All of the long leg pieces and foot rest and back rest staves were laminated with 1/8” slices up to 2” thick for the legs and 1/2” for the staves.
This whole chair folds to only 8” thick. Better than the originals, or so I understand. I changed the folding geometry slightly to achieve this.
Made completely from 2 each 10”x2”x10 ’ Sapele boards. I lost a lot of material cutting the 1/8” slats for the laminations. It is still very heavy to fold and move.
3 sets of rotational hinges and 2 sets of brass “sewing machine” hinges complete the build.
3 coats of Waterlox for a finish. Could probably use several more.
Once I leveled the legs, it was very stable. Solid as a rock and held even my weight. I was pleased with that.

Needless to say, it has not spent a night by the pool as of yet. Maybe someday.

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#1 posted 11-05-2017 01:32 PM

The finished product is a fine result of your tenacity and craftsmanship…well done! I have toyed with the idea of a similar Titanic deck chair but would probably need several visits to a therapist before completion. And since I view woodworking as therapy, I have not considered jeopardizing that fragile association…yet anyway. Great job!

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#2 posted 11-05-2017 02:49 PM

Very nice work ,I often make prototypes out of low-cost wood before making the final product,
It would be cool to see it folded up .


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#3 posted 11-05-2017 04:04 PM

This is an amazing project! I’ve loved these chairs ever since I saw Norm make one in the 80’s/90’s. Very well done! Do you have plans for sale?

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#4 posted 11-05-2017 04:21 PM

Gorgeous work and a gorgeous result. Love the historic significance and nostalgia. Seems appropriate that the project had icebergs to dodge.

-- DJ Peck, Lincoln Nebraska. Lord, keep your arm around my shoulder and your hand over my mouth.

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#5 posted 11-05-2017 05:15 PM

Very impressive and quality work.

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#6 posted 11-05-2017 06:48 PM

This is a beautiful reproduction of a Titanic chair. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#7 posted 11-05-2017 08:25 PM

id love to make one myself but just don’t have any use for one did a killer job on this one,i can only imagine what went in to doing this.beautiful work giving it a top 3.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#8 posted 11-06-2017 02:15 AM

Beautiful looking chair. I like the curves.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#9 posted 11-06-2017 04:39 PM

Very nice.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#10 posted 11-07-2017 01:23 AM

Great looking chair
looks like you’ve definitely improved on the original design

-- Greg Simon

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#11 posted 11-07-2017 01:36 AM

This is an amazing project! I ve loved these chairs ever since I saw Norm make one in the 80 s/90 s. Very well done! Do you have plans for sale?

- CaptainSkully

you can still order plans HERE :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#12 posted 11-07-2017 06:26 PM

Beautiful work with excellent execution. I’d love to see a picture of it in a folded configuration. How heavy is it? A project to be proud of!

-- Cheers -- g

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#13 posted 11-29-2017 10:44 PM

That’s a beautiful deck chair—no wonder it never sits outside overnight!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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