My version of the gfadvm chair

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Project by j_olsen posted 09-22-2011 09:53 PM 2779 views 17 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

First off I want to thank gfadvm for sharing his folding chair design.
This is made from old maple rough cut timbers (3”x4”x83”) used for loading steel on a flatbed trailer for shipping so there was alot of resawing and working around checks and knots but I think it turned out pretty good.
I did make a few modifications from the original that I worked out on a prototype before building the final version – 1- I added a radius to the back support so it felt better on the back when sitting 2- added a radius to the rear part of the seat – again for comfort 3- rounded the ends of the legs so not to have to fight with angles 4- increased the angle of the back (I like a chair that reclines a bit more) 5- added a larger foot rest
I have taken it to several youth soccer matches and there has been a great amount of interest in having some built although at this point I haven’t gotten any orderss
Thanks again gfadvm

-- Jeff - Bell Buckle, TN

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#1 posted 09-23-2011 12:04 AM

good job olsen, looks really good! Comfy?

-- Hey you dang woodchucks, quit chucking my wood!!!!

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#2 posted 09-23-2011 12:08 AM

very!! i sent 4 hrs in it a week ago during multiple matches

-- Jeff - Bell Buckle, TN

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#3 posted 09-23-2011 04:30 AM

Jeff – I like the changes you made to the design. I am concerned with the size of the dowel. It doesn’t look very big and it is supporting all of the users weight. You must be a skinny guy like me! Put a 400# friend in it as your quality assurance guy. I did this!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#4 posted 09-23-2011 11:41 AM

Very nice, looks comfy!

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

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#5 posted 09-23-2011 01:39 PM

gfadvm – I’m using a 1/2” dowel and haven’t done a weight test but now that you mention it I will probably do that soon—I was going on the fact that the dowel is so close to where it rests vs where it comes through that the shear forces would have to be extremely large to get it to break—kinda like using a toothpick to secure finger joints or mortice and tenon joints

-- Jeff - Bell Buckle, TN

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