Straight Back Patio Chair

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Project by KyleT posted 09-06-2012 07:13 AM 1734 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the first of six patio chairs that I am building for my patio. It is made of 2×4 cedar, picked up from Lowe’s for $5.25 each. It took 5 sticks to make, so not a bad chair for less than $30 in material. It is finished with boiled linseed oil.

The back is pretty high at 46”. It leans back 12 degrees and the front edge of the seat is 17.5” of the ground, 19” deep from the front edge to the back. the seat is open from the back 7 degrees past square. I feel like it is a little upright (maybe I am just a slouch) but my wife and the other few people that have tried it say it is perfect; they prefer sitting a bit more upright than leaning too far back.

The joints are half lap, cut using a dado setup on a table saw and my nifty Incra mitre gauge. My wife was so awesome to give me the Domino for my birthday a few months ago! I used it to secure the back and seat slats to the side frames.

I weigh 250 lbs (working to get that down a good 15 or 20 if you know what I mean), and can sit on the front edge with my feet off the ground and it only has a little bit of flex in the feet when i bounce. Absolutely no movement in the lap joints. I think the feet flex a bit because of the taper that I cut out for appearance… I’m considering using a 2×6 for the feet on the next go-around so that I can still cut the taper and eliminate the flex. Next round will likely have curved back slats cut out of a 4×4 on the band saw, finished 1-1/2” thick just like these are.

Has anyone seen chairs like this? I came up with the design by myself, but just because it is original to me doesn’t mean that it hasn’t been done a hundred times before…

This is my first project post, any suggestions on how I can make future project posts better are appreciated.

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 09-06-2012 08:23 AM

Believe it or not, it actually resembles a George Nakashima style chair. If you’re thinking the same as him, you’ll do fine in life :-) a couple other LJ’s have built Nakashima style chairs. Easy to search for.

Looks like a nice job.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 09-06-2012 10:02 PM

Very nice looking chair. If you don’t mind I would like more details so I can make a couple for Christmas presents.

Monte: You are right, the design is very similar to George Nakashima’s Conoid Chair.

-- Do not be discouraged by those who don't. Be inspired by those who do.

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#3 posted 09-06-2012 10:42 PM

Missingdigit, I just finished version 2 of this chair. It leans back 3 more degrees (to 15 deg total) and has the curved back slats as well as the foot being cut from a 2×6. I will post some pics with dimensions and notes. I am glad you like it, the new version is really comfortable, and even more stout. I think I could stack 500-600 pounds on the front edge of the seat and only get 1/4” deflection.

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#4 posted 09-07-2012 04:53 AM

Interesting design. I too prefer chairs that lean back a bit.
I have made some for children that is basically the same design except the seat height is adjustable so it can be raised and lowered as needed and as the child grows. There is a picture and diagrams in my projects page. Feel free to copy them. The original idea came from a magazine picture my spouse showed me (about 16 years ago) but I had to design my own supporting structures for the seat because I could not see how it was done from the picture. I have made about 20 over the years for grandchildren, children of friends.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#5 posted 09-07-2012 09:37 PM

My neck got tired of looking sideways… so…

Hope you don’t mind…

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