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Chair rescue or how to save landfill space

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Sometimes when you are out mining for suburban gold http://www.instructables.com/id/Mining-for-suburban-gold/ what you find isn't as nice in the daylight as you may have thought, you can either set it back at the curb, but our local recycle pickup doesn't recycle plastic chairs, or you can attempt to repair the item. On the plus side, the table I'm working on was found the same night
 
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Step 1: Materials

The back of this chair was/is split in several places and I had some rolls of "rope" from the dollar store (I'm pretty sure this stuff is made from recycled plastic)

Step 2: Repair

Picture of repair
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I started at the bottom of the back and tied the rope off, then wove it in and out of the back "splats", trying to keep as much tension on the rope as possible and going back to work it tighter as I worked. I quickly realized it was going to take more than the 2 rolls of rope I had to do the entire back so I started the second rope from the top and "wove" it down. All told this took about a half hour.

Step 3: Conclusions

Picture of conclusions
Although the chair looks unfinished it is sturdy enough to support my 250lbs comfortably and it really is comfortable. I expect that 3 more rolls of rope should finish the back and for around $5.us I'll have a unique chair for the summer. Of course it could also morph into a prop for this years Haunted House... but that's in the future.
lady4feet1 year ago
I have a broken chair like this that has been sitting in my trash/junk pile for months now. Thank you for the idea of mending it.
sunshiine2 years ago
Nice touch! Thanks for sharing.
Sunshiine
l8nite (author)  sunshiine2 years ago
Thank you, I was surprised that not only did this simple "ible" get featured but it made the opening page !
Congrats! Yeah it is great to share here and getting featured adds to all the fun.
Sunshiine
ChrysN2 years ago
Great chair rescue! It looks really nice too.
l8nite (author)  ChrysN2 years ago
Thank You Chrys. I'll neaten it up some when I get the other rope but considering it was a test of an idea it did turn out looking cool.
Good idea! You could also use the rope to customize a chair that's still together. :D
l8nite (author)  jessyratfink2 years ago
Thank you Jessy ! You definitely could decorate an unbroken chair and even get artistic with a real design.
l8nite (author) 2 years ago
WOW, I certainly didn't expect a feature for this one !