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Bamboo Chaise Lounge Chair

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The concept of this chair came about the desire to create a chair that was beautiful, functional and left little waste. The entire chair was made from 1 piece of Bamboo plywood. (Well the initial design was for that, however after the chair had been made I realized it needed a stabilizer bar and the leg to be a bit thicker). As well, i felt that there would be a way to design and build a chair that over all was not too expensive and could still be eco-friendly.

Materials Needed:
1 sheet of 1/4" bamboo plywood 4'x8'
2 sheets of 3/4 particle Board 4'x8'
1 sheet of semi-rigid material to skin the top of the form
600 wine corks
5-  Crown Bolt 1/4-20 x 13mm Zinc-Plated Steel Type-A Insert Nuts
5-  Crown Bolt 1/4-20 x 70mm Coarse Steel Hex Drive Connecting Bolt
7-  8 x 1-1/4 HighPoint Round Washer Head Screws
Wood glue
AMF Safecoat Safe Seal or other eco-friendly clear sealer

Tools Needed:
Band saw or other method to cut wine corks in half
Electric sander or hand sander with assortment of grits
An assortment of clamps
Nail gun w/ 2" nails
Screw gun with screw bits and and 1/4" drill bit
CNC machine or a hand router and patience
Vacuum form with large enough bag to fit chair and form
Optional heat blanket if your shop gets cold at night
 
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Step 1: The Plan

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I have attached the full AutoCad files for the shape of the chair and the CNC machine. I designed the shape of the chair to the human body to maximize comfort. One could alter the shape of the chair and update the CNC file as needed. The CNC file will cutout all the pieces needed to build the form for the chair. It might seem as though the form costs a lot of money, however if built properly it can be used over and over to re-produce this chair.
NZarcher1 year ago
Assuming you needed to consume the wine to get the corks It comes as little suprise the end use was something to lie down upon
RHESPEN15312 months ago

This is a great idea. Very out of the box! Might just have to make this for my mother.

Jorge Johnson4 months ago

Great work

Bartuss10 months ago
I would love to have one of these in my room. Great work!
What is the size in cm? I can't find a good online conversion script. I mean 3' - 10 1/8'' and 8 11/16'' in cm. Thanks
OTP11 year ago
Fantastic, thanks
diydiva1 year ago
Beautiful chaise! Best use I have seen for recycling corks. Do you have a photo of the jig you used to hold the corks for cutting? I have a project that also requires the corks be cut lengthwise. I have a bandsaw, although I am not a skilled workworker...Even a simple sketch of the jig would be helpful.
M.O.T.H. (author)  diydiva1 year ago
Refer to photo 1, step 4 for now, I will see if I can come up with a sketch. And no worries, becoming a skilled "workworker" takes time. :)
Thanks! I didn't see that before, too busy admiring the chaise! I have a jigsaw - hoping that might work for me. Either way a jig is a wise idea. I guess even if I cut them by hand, a jig would help.
Christine.
kcli1 year ago
Very nice!...You got my vote!
beauty-full!
you should totally start mass producing those! Bet they'd sell really well. I'd buy one! :)
tinpie1 year ago
VERY NICE CHAISE LOUNGE.... This is a great prototype piece, I hope you develop it for both indoor and outdoor use...the ladder frame under support is great as a built-in but I believe that careful consideration should be taken if your intent is furniture.... Both the under support and leg systems need to be reconsidered in greater detail.

Great job and happy to see the post...
Great work! Very beautiful.
Lindie1 year ago
Looks so nice and comfortable, too!
kathynv1 year ago
That chair is wonderful! Did you keep the forms so you could make other chairs if you wanted to? I think that chair is so attractive and interesting that you could get decent money for them. I was thinking I'd easily pay $450 -$500 for one, and I'm a tightwad! I hope that it cost much less than that to make. If you could get the cost fairly low, I can definitely see a market for it.
User11 year ago
great lookin chair! I'm betting this won't support some 250lb gorilla?
And
"I was able to get a local winery to donate the corks so that all of the corks matched."

That's was without any advertising? Come on, here's your lead in...........
M.O.T.H. (author)  User11 year ago
It might seem that way, however I had someone try it out that was 250+ lbs and it was just fine. Bamboo is very strong. As for the corks, It was Camas Prairie Winery in Moscow ID. As I was a college student I could not afford to consume that much wine and the winery had hundreds of wine corks left over from their tasting room. No sense buying new corks when you can get used ones for free.
rbarkey1 year ago
You did an excellent job designing and making this lounge! Years ago I created for my architectural thesis a chair out of strips of bent laminated ash using leather as the body support. It was a lot of fun and a lot of work which I'm sure was the same for you.
M.O.T.H. (author)  rbarkey1 year ago
Thank you, I had a great time making the chair. I would love to see some photos if you have any!
linny1 year ago
Impressively beautiful. Wish it was weather-proof & that you could manufacture this. Would love about 4 of these out front. Idea: approach a plastics manufacturer to make the frame and several restaurants/bars for the corks.
belsey1 year ago
This is beautiful and looks really comfortable too. I especially like how it seems to float. I'm really sad that my workshop (which doubles as a living room) won't allow me to attempt this. Thanks for sharing!
friger1 year ago
Seriously Awesome work dude! I'd love to see a slide show of your vacuum bagging set up. Like what are you using for a pump and how many inches of mercury are you pulling. What mil poly and how you seal the bag. You know, the technical bits.
SANDBOX11 year ago
OUTSTANDING WORK !!!! Very nice usefull project.
mamalove1 year ago
Beautiful chair. Lots of wine drinking involved. Like it.
This is really lovely, good work!