This Instructables will summarize the lessons learned (in some cases, relearned) while making a set of these groovy chairs.

The plans for the chairs were included in the book Maker Dad: Lunch Box Guitars, Antigravity Jars, and 22 Other Incredibly Cool Father-Daughter DIY Projects by Mark Frauenfelder, which is where I got them.


So, here's a short list of what not to do...

Step 1: Plywood Lessons

First Lesson:

When drilling plywood, it's a good idea to take precautions in order to prevent the drill bit from splintering the wood as it comes out the other side.

I just did a quick internets search for "drilling plywood" and all sorts of links came up. It seems I'm not the only one who should have known better.

The silly thing is that I noticed the splintering after drilling the first hole, but I just kept on drilling the rest of the holes anyway, without doing anything different. I guess I was in a hurry, since these chairs were supposed to be a surprise for my kids.

Of course, patching the splintered holes ended up adding a significant amount of time (days) to the overall project, as compared to taking five minutes to find a suitable second piece of sacrificial wood to place underneath the piece being drilled.

<p>Love how you explained all this, it was really funny xD Um...This chair though..Is it....Comfortable? I'd think you have lines all over your butt! I love this though, it makes me think of a more sophisticated version of those fold up metal frame chairs with only bungie cord to hold you up xD</p>
<p>Thanks for the comment. Yeah, it's actually very comfortable. Lines on one's butt isn't really such a big deal... makes for an interesting conversation starter?</p>
<p>LOL i suppose xD hah, next challenge: hammock :D</p>
<p>Did it require many tools? Not very many. I used a jigsaw, belt sander, and drill. Oh, and a screw-driver and wrench for the screws. And wood glue.</p>
it needs patiences
<p>Desipte the hardships and life lessons....they look great!...I guess now its time for round two and putting those newly acquired sage tactics to work!</p><p>Great job!!</p>
<p>I appreciate the kind words. And now that I have documented these lessons, I should be more likely to remember and apply them, right?</p>
Looks great! Is it comfortable?
<p>Thanks... and yes, the chairs are very comfortable. Just the right amount of support and rock-a-bility.</p>
not all cat5 cable is the same. you might want to consider solid core vs stranded for the future.
<p>Good point... unfortunately, the big box of unused Cat5 cable I have in the basement is indeed stranded.</p>
It came out great. Makes me want to test drive it. I liked that you included what not to do also.
<p>Thanks... hopefully others can save some time and reduce the number of potential headaches by not doing what I did.</p>

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