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CIVIL WAR CAMP CHAIR - TIED BACKREST

A rustic chair with a tied rope backrest, based on a Civil War camp design.

 
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Step 1: - MATERIAL-TOOLS-SUPPLIES-SKILLS

MATERIAL:
1”x6” (3/4”x5-1/2”) x 34”
1”x2” (3/4”x1-1/2”) - two 10’ long sticks
- - (experts will recommend hardwood, but poplar isn't much denser than hem/fir)
14 flathead screws - #8 1-1/2” long
 50’ (longer if you macrame) nylon or poly clothesline, baler twine, or parachute cord

TOOLS:
hand saw, wood file/rasp, wood chisel
hand drill,  5/16” drill bit, #8 countersink, screwdriver
(power tools make this much easier, but are not necessary)

SUPPLIES:
sandpaper, wood glue, primer, paint

SKILLS:
If you can measure, saw and drill rather well, this is quite easy.  Otherwise this may be a challenging project, especially cutting the notches for the TOP & BOTTOM RAILS, and squaring up the SEAT assembly.

Step 2: - SAW & SMOOTH

There will be NINE pieces of wood: 2 wide ones for the SEAT itself, 2 rails that connect to the seat (SEAT-RAILS) and become the rear feet, 2 BACK- RAILS that become the front feet, and 3 short SLATS that do the heavy lifting.

A) Cut the 1”x6” into two SEAT pieces (17” each).

B) Cut one stick into three SLATS (16” each) and two SEAT-RAILS (36” each).

C) From the other stick, cut two BACK-RAILS (48” each). About 24” is left over from this project. I could make an extra slat from it, but I didn’t.

D) At the bottom of the BACK-RAILS are the front feet. Cut them a bit less than 45 degrees. The back feet are at the bottom of the SEAT-RAILS. Cut the back feet a bit more than 45 degrees. (PHOTO )

E) Use the file and sandpaper to round all corners & edges. Smooth all wood surfaces. Smooth AGAIN because this is furniture. (PHOTO )
I like it, I'll have to give this type of camp chair a shot. It looks light and easy to tie to a pack.