Slat Chairs

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Project by greg48 posted 06-09-2012 05:17 AM 8335 views 35 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, a few weeks back wife and I were invited over to a family-in-law BBQ. Aside from a couple of resin chairs, everybody sat on the railing or on dining room chairs on the patio and an idea come to mind. Several years ago I was bequeathed a knock down patio chair from a dear old friend that I used to build with (Rex was a few months shy of 101 ys. when he bid us adieu). It also occurred to me that he had given me the plans he used for the chair saying he would never build another. Well, I found the plans and bought some clear KD Doug-fir and got to it. As I was drilling pilot holes and plugs to cover the screws (56/chair to be exact) I remembered why Rex said he would never build another. The chair comes in two pieces that slide together and lock for seating, or come apart with the seat portion sliding into the back recess of the upright piece. Thinking of an appropriate finish that would hold up with little or no maintenance, I remember that SteveinMarin used a deck stain on one of his projects, so I opted for a can of Thompson’s Water Seal / Deck Stain. I know it ain’t a Steinway, but it was fun building something simple that didn’t put me back to far in material expenses, and if the receiving party doesn’t like it, I’m sure it will make fine kindling

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#1 posted 06-09-2012 06:26 AM

they will love it .if not send it to me thats a cool chair.i like the way it folds away

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#2 posted 06-09-2012 01:13 PM

Love these chairs! And i’m sure the “short on seating party”will too! Nice job

-- making something from nothing, and making it your own... thats life.

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#3 posted 06-09-2012 02:30 PM

Yeah, I really like this chair as well. I think the design is perfect, everything serves a purpose and it is very pleasing to the eye.

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#4 posted 06-09-2012 03:27 PM

Nice design.

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#5 posted 06-09-2012 03:39 PM

Cool chair and a good story behind it.

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#6 posted 06-10-2012 12:37 AM

Nice chair, a good option to the flimsy folding chairs you buy these days.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#7 posted 06-10-2012 01:14 AM

nice chair, fantastic story. are those plans available anywhere these days? would be interested in getting a copy.

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#8 posted 06-10-2012 01:28 AM

Looks like a good relaxer around a fire with a cold one er two. Very nice. Top-3 congrats also.

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#9 posted 06-10-2012 01:51 AM

I kicked out some straight ones a couple years back, they worked well enough. I’ve seen the curved version, thought about trying one.

Does the seat feel comfy? I like that the chair back is curved to meet your back, but the bottom would be more natural if it were curved the other way, rounded like a butt. Adirondack chairs usually curve the bottom, leaving the back flat.

Nice work anyway, good going!

-- Dan V. in Indy

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#10 posted 06-10-2012 03:51 AM

Nice, simple, and a good value.

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#11 posted 06-10-2012 06:25 AM

Very nice chair, looks really comfortable. Are the plans still available for purchase?

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#12 posted 06-10-2012 04:52 PM

Nice piece, and tribute to your friend. Guess you aren’t a patient guy? LOL! I’m thinking a hardwood spiecies with dowels or pegs and glue. But it would still be fifty six? LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#13 posted 06-11-2012 04:01 PM

This weekend, my wife saw the same design in a 2-person “loveseat” width, and expressed her desire for just such a thing. Sounds like I get to justify the purchase of a drill-press!

-- "Work consists of whatever a body is obliged to do. Play consists of whatever a body is not obliged to do." -Mark Twain

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#14 posted 06-11-2012 05:35 PM

NICE job. Congrats. Hope they DO like it, as that would be a shame to turn into kindling (put it on Craigslist first, if they don’t want it!)

Yes, it looks like the chair plans are still available:

Does anyone know if this was in an issue of any woodworking magazine?

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