Skeleton Chair Built with Kreg Pocket Holes

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Project by WebErika posted 03-23-2014 05:38 PM 3358 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My friend Brad (Biker Barn dude) posted a skeleton head Adirondack chair to my Facebook timeline one day saying how cool it was and it planted a seed in my head to make one for his birthday.

Armed with my trusty Kreg jig, a BUNCH of leftover wood from the 4 board fence we just put up a summer ago, I set out to emulate what I had seen.

Since there were no plans I winged it. As I have become fond of doing. I built the seat first, made it oversized so it looked immense and then started on the back.

I used the Kreg jig and joined the fence boards together and then cut out the skull. Used a jigsaw for the eyes and nose and then sanded everything down. Then I used my router and did the teeth. I didn’t want fangs on this one, so left them straight down. Sanded everything again and gave it a coat of stain.

I wish I had more photos as I went through the process, and when I make another one I will take more.

I will make changes to the next one. I made the seat here a little too deep, and I would round off the arms and cut a skull in arms like the one I had seen on Facebook. Overall though it was a comfy seat. :)


Photos reposted for ease of viewing:

-- Have a happy day!

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#1 posted 03-23-2014 06:05 PM

Cool Chair, Erica. I’m Guessing the wood is WRC?
Just a suggestion for the next ones, make the fronts of the arms resemble the ends of leg bones.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 03-23-2014 06:40 PM

Chair Art…very nice...sure to strike fear in the hearts of young children everywhere…;)
I agree with Gene…sculpt the arms and legs into bones…

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#3 posted 03-23-2014 07:05 PM

That is really cool. Great job and welcome to LJ’s

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#4 posted 03-23-2014 08:53 PM

Thanks everyone! :)

Gene: The wood is pressure treated pine leftover from a fence we put around our property. 1300’ of 4 board fence. That was a project and a half. :)

Sculpting the arm rests and legs is definitely on the “what can I change” list.

-- Have a happy day!

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#5 posted 03-23-2014 09:18 PM

That is sweet! I just might have to use your design as inspiration ;)

-- If it sounds stupid but it works, it ain't stupid.

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#6 posted 03-24-2014 12:53 AM

I think you did an excellent job on this . Now you need a cross-bones side table to go with it. :)

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#7 posted 03-24-2014 04:25 AM

too cool

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#8 posted 03-24-2014 04:29 AM

Great job

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#9 posted 03-24-2014 11:50 AM

This is a nice chair I like it will have to make one for a friend : )

-- Dan

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#10 posted 03-24-2014 05:54 PM

Killer mann, hee hee I love it..

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#11 posted 03-28-2014 02:15 PM

Awesome gift! That’s one cool and solid chair. Like the skull design, great wood and finish.

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