My First Chair!

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Project by Skelatile posted 08-14-2013 12:22 AM 3650 views 7 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is chair number one for me. Lots of learning with this project. The goal was to build a chair from a single piece of plywood. I used a 1/2” 5’x5’ sheet of baltic birch plywood and ended up with enough left over to do a footstool to match (to come later). Overall Im pretty happy with how it turned out. Some of the joints are a bit wonky but a little glue and screws tightened everything up nice and solid. Those that have seen it in person so far have give some really helpful feed back on how to tweak the design to get the proportions right and make it more comfortable. I will most certainly be making an updated version. It hasnt fallen apart yet so that so thats a win in my book haha. Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 08-14-2013 12:35 AM

That’s really neat. Keep experimenting, it’s a life journey.

-- If I'm not in the shop, I'm someplace else. Joel, Lumberjock #30,000

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#2 posted 08-14-2013 12:54 AM

congratulations on your first chair. Building chairs is very challenging and offers lots of room for experimentation. I like the overall design of you chair.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 08-14-2013 09:08 AM

Nice work on the chair, interesting workshop too!

-- Regards Rob

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#4 posted 08-14-2013 11:56 AM

Great job! Like the joinery.

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#5 posted 08-14-2013 12:36 PM

Nice job on the chair. Keep it up. You can learn from every project.

-- Experience: What you have left after you've lost everything else.

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#6 posted 08-14-2013 03:35 PM

Very cool idea! I love it!

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#7 posted 08-14-2013 04:00 PM

Good job. One thing I like to think about when I make a chair is what if some 300 lb guy sat in it? Would it hold up? It could be an expensive lesson.

-- A positive attitude will take you much further than positive thinking ever will.

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#8 posted 08-14-2013 04:53 PM

Nice! I recognize that place. Good to see another person from Atlanta person on here.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#9 posted 08-14-2013 04:59 PM

That’s a good looking first chair! I’m not a chair maker, but I think a good test of the chair and footstool would be how long it takes to drift off into a pleasant nap in it. Thanks for posting!

-- John B.

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#10 posted 08-14-2013 06:06 PM

Cool build…......just doesn’t look comfortable . Also I am the 300+ pound guy mentioned in comment #7 above. I could give it a stress test if you would like. :)
Neat project, stay skinny.

-- "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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#11 posted 08-14-2013 10:57 PM

Thanks for the comments yall! I really appreciate it :)

@Brandon: It will be there for the rest of the week and Im there all the time. It’d be great to meet a fellow lumberjock if you find yourself in the area.

As for the structural integrity of the chair, there is some flex in the back legs so I dont know if it would pass the weight test. It could certainly be beefed up.

Its actually reasonably comfortable as is though it could use a cushion haha. I want to tilt the whole thing back a bit more, lengthen the legs a few inches, raise up the arm rests and shorten the back a bit.

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#12 posted 08-15-2013 01:18 AM

and a very fine chair it is too. Well done!

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#13 posted 08-15-2013 05:33 PM

very cool. I like the idea of using one sheet and the design is awesome.

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#14 posted 08-16-2013 04:40 AM

@ Brandon and Skelatile. I thought the same thing when I saw that picture. I was like wait I know that background! Too funny but I digress. Great chair! looks cool.

-- "Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn't do than by the ones you did do... Explore, Dream, Discover” Mark Twain

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#15 posted 08-16-2013 05:51 AM

wow. I haven’t tried a chair yet but I think i have found my inspiration!

-- Brian, Vandenberg AFB

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