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Folding (pac-n-go) Chair

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A chair designed for functionality, affordability, out door comfort, and easily disassembled for storage. More importantly it can be fabricated out of a limited amount of materials and tools.

TOOLS:

- Drill with 1/2" drill bit-

- Jig Saw with wood saw blade

- Clamps

- Router with 1/2" dis x 1 1/4" length router bit (optional)

- Palm Sander (optional)

- Pin Nailer (optional)

MATERIALS:

- 24" x 33" piece of plywood

- wood glue

- Sandpaper full sheets (80, 100, 150, 220)

- 8: 1 1/4" or 1 1/2" wood screws

- 12: 1" pins for nailer (optional)

 
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Step 1: Wood: Measurement

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Locating a piece of wood that is at least 24" x 33" x 3/4" will work perfectly. Usually, you can get a half sheet of plywood at your local hardware store 4' x 4' or get a full sheet and you can make (6) of these chairs at once. When you secure this piece you will need to cut it down into 3 pieces. 2: 12" x 30" 1: 3" x 12" Often times you can get it cut down for you at the local hardware store, which is an absolute score! Taking the two larger images begin marking the measurements on the wood to prepare for cutting. I have provided a PDF file with all of these.

1. On both boards (seat and back) on both of the long sides draw a line that is 30" long from top to bottom and 2" in from the edge. 2. Now designate one as the (Seat) and measure 18" from the bottom and draw a line across the 12" width. 3. Select the other board (Back) and do the same measurements you just did on the seat. 4.Also, measure 9" up from the bottom and draw a line across the 12" width. 5. Again with the (Back) board measure 9 7/8" up from the bottom and draw a line across the 12" width. You will see that doing this you created an 8" long x 7/8" wide rectangle that will be cut out in the next step.

I was making one like this before this was posted but I didn't have that back addition
Tanzer262 months ago

Loved the design. It just screamed 'minion' to me. This is my first, have a second cut and glued up. Not painted yet. I made a couple of changes. Instead of squaring the corners of the slot, I used a router to round over the corners of the 'tongue'. And I didn't use any screws. I used a great glue called 'Welbond' that makes a joint as strong as the wood. I've torture tested and the seat has remained intact.

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cahelming (author) 2 months ago

Again great comments and suggestions on enhancements. Routing the seat, instead of squaring the back slot is a great idea. With 25+ students building this chair at one time makes it a little unsafe to monitor adequately. Adding a handle is excellent for carrying...however, for us we are redesigning the overall look and that hinders the aesthetics. Lastly, the weight is unsure, but the seat is only 12" x 12" which typical seats are 18" x 18." I assume this limits the comfort therefore, limits the weight. I weigh roughly 165 lbs. and am confident in it holding up.

craftclarity2 months ago

The chair in the lead image looks like it was inspired by Wassily Kandinsky....Waaaaay cool! I love how simple they are.

karcsika9222 months ago

I like it ! Very good desing

Tanzer262 months ago

Love this design, simple yet inspired. Definitely going to build soon. Is here any reason to not round over the edge of the 'tongue' rather than squaring out the slot? In my experience, square edges tend to get beat up fairly quickly on transportable items. I'm thinking, if I use a 3/8 bit for the slot, I could use a 3/8 round over bit on the tongue (or perhaps a 1/4, will need to experiment) and it should slide right in. I'm also thinking, it could all be a bit wider, say 16".

alcurb3 months ago

Brilliant idea. I shared this instructables with my brother and my friend and they were impressed too.

You might want to consider adding a hand slot on the top of the back and on the seat so that when the chair is "folded" the slots align and the chair can be easily carried from the hand slot.

jgonzalez913 months ago
What's the weight limit on the chair?

"Folding" is a relative term, and it think it suits this project just fine. I personally love how the chair folds/breaks down and fits together perfectly. I'm also loving how inexpensive and limitless this project is- a DIY project for the ages methinks!!! Nicely done- even I can follow these instructions, and I have NO woodworking skills. Thanks!

sl0j0n3 months ago

While this great & all that, it looks like it really does *not* "Fold".

If I got it right, 2 pieces, fit together to carry, take apart, put together another way, & that's a "folding" chair?

Its still kool n all, but I want a *FOLDING* chair.

Have a GREAT day, Neighbors!

cahelming (author) 3 months ago

What wonderful suggestions and comments. I am pleased to see this has inspired so many to take it to the next step for themselves, students, clubs,and others. I only wish there was an ability for others to load their images of "instructables" they have tried or changed.

pjo1293 months ago
These chairs are great. Our Scout Troop made them also. Very easy to use and transport.
ClareBS3 months ago

Elegant chair, good, clear instructions. I like seeing the students' finished chairs, they are something they will be proud of for many decades.

grooverjamesr3 months ago

This is known as a Bog Chair, Plank Chair, I personally make these as a hobby to sell. They are best made from a solid piece of wood 1.5 inches thick. The reason is strength. Though the design is strong, it requires a lot of weight and forces placed on the axes can result in breakage if the wood is too thin, damaged or weakened over time.

It is a good project, they are considerably light even using a 2x12 as a body. Amazing how strong they are, and versatile. Can even be used on extremely uneven ground to sit.

Chookums3 months ago

The chair is awesome but I'd rather make more teachers like you! Your student's work is a wonderful reflection of your skills as a teacher. Congratulations!

gerflash3 months ago

Yes, very nice. How much weight can it hold?

wolfger3 months ago

I've had chairs like this for a long time, and they are great, but... at no point in time will this chair ever "fold". Calling it a folding chair is just not right.

David Catriel3 months ago

Really cool design. Will definitely try this with the kids :)

Tanzer263 months ago

Love this design. I'm thinking, that instead of squaring the bends of the slot, why not use a rounding bit in the router to round over the sides of the tongue. I was about to order a couple of pricey folding chairs online, but I think perhaps I'll try this design first. thx

Verga3 months ago

Very Nice Ible. Clear instructions and good photos. I am going to pass this on to the Ag teacher at my school. Every year they have a community dinner/ auction and this would be a perfect project t for the students to make for the auction.

cahelming (author) 3 months ago

Thanks for the compliments. Being simple in really invites you to play around with the shape and painting. Each year, my students can't stop bugging me about when we will start. It is always a joy to see what they come up with...currently I have a fish bowl, eiffel tower and cheese, tardis, macaroni and cheese, sword and the stone, minion, zombie, chalkboard, etc... I weight roughly 160 lbs. and it holds me just fine. The first few times you sit in it it sounds like it is breaking, but actually you are just hearing the wood move and the first layer of veneer get creased.

Don Chen3 months ago

The chair can sustain how much weight ?

thanks

mcraghead3 months ago

Love this! I've been meaning to make one of these for a long time but have been waiting to stumble upon the right planks... but I have plenty of plywood, so now I'm out of excuses, many thanks!

SANDBOX13 months ago

GREAT JOB AND POSTING!!!!! THANKS

SDX423 months ago

Nice to see so many different designs, very inspirational. I build one of this kind as well, decided to go with an engraving as a finish. It shows Thor fighting Jörmungandr and is constructed of solid 40mm english oak. I like this design of a chair very much, as it allows for great, creative freedom and is very simple and doable for everyone at the same time. Also, the chair is really practical.

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Such a great simple design! I love what the students have done with it :)