Introduction: A New Lease of Life to an Old Chair With Scrap Innertubes
It's always nice to have a comfy chair to sit on, and one of my favourite types of chair is the Ercol.
These are great chairs,very well made and still available new, but because they were so popular are available very cheaply secondhand.
The years haven't been kind to my chairs, though, and the webbing started to break to the point where I couldn't use them anymore.
At the same time, bike innertubes have become incredibly cheap. I love my cycling, but I find it abhorrent that my fellow cyclists seem to think that because this is the case, it's acceptable to leave punctured tubes at the side of the road.
This was the germ of an idea....
EDIT: If you're looking to replace the cane on a cane chair, I have just found:
So all credit to TimAnderson for a nice instructable.
Step 1: The Chair
Here it is. See how decades of use, plus my fat behind have made a mess of it.
Step 2: Cut the Tubes
This is possibly the dangerous bit. Using a sharp knife, cut the valves away from your dead tubes. Get a grownup to help you if you are stuck. :-p
Where to find these? Bike shops don't repair punctures anymore, so you might be able to get some from the bins. Mind you, I regularly find these abandoned at the sides of the road by lazy, thoughtless roadies.
These ones had woods valves, so no use to man nor beast.
Step 3: Thread the Tubes Into the Chair (fiddly)
Slide the broken webbing out, then place your cut tube into the chair.
Step 4: Tying Off (really Fiddly)
Tie a knot in one end, then pull the tube tight. Tie a knot in the other end. You need a bit of tension in the tube, this is varied by tightening or loosening the knot.
Step 5: All Done!
Sit on the chair, and have a cup of tea.
The tubes won't last as long as the original webbing, but they are easy and cheap enough to replace.
(excuse the mess, I'm moving!)