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I wanted to make a light-weight lawn chair to toss in the back of my car.  Some one had mentioned this style of chair being used as a pack frame, so that is on the drawing board for me.

This is a rehash of IAMSatisfied's chair.  I did mine out of stock lumber instead of ripping stuff down.

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Step 1: Materials & Tools

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1x2 @ 8'  - qty 2
1x3 @ 8'  - qty 1
Rope (1/4" or just under)  -  ~100'
Using cheap wood and rope it cost about $15 from a local hardware-big-box.

Wood glue


Something to cut wood with (miter saw, chop saw, circular saw, hand saw, well-trained beaver)
Drill with bits (I used both a hand drill and a cheap drill press)
Router with 1/4" bit
Measuring tape
Straight edge
Brad nailer (Optional)
Hand sander
35mm film canister (Kids, check your local museum if you don't know what this is.)

Step 2: Mark & Cut Lumber

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Cut the lumber into pieces as listed below.  I tried to come up with the most efficient use of lumber.  If you come up with something better, please let me know.

1x2 #1 = 41", 27", 27"
1x2 #2 = 41", 17", 17", 15 1/2", 2 1/2", 2 1/2"
1x3 = 15 1/2", 13 7/8", 13 7/8"

Please note that for aesthetic reasons the 2 1/2" blocks should be cut at an angle , with 2 1/2" being the longest side.  I used 30 degrees as my chop saw had it labeled.  Just make sure the short side is not shorter than 1 1/2".

Step 3: Glue the seat support

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First off, we'll piece together the seat support.  The seat frame will rest on this when we are sitting in the chair.

Take the two short, angled blocks and glue them to the 17" piece of 1x2.  The long edge of the angle blocks should be against the 17" piece, with the slopes facing inwards.  I was using Gorilla glue, hence the dish of water to get things damp and the timer.  Clamp and let the glue set.
ajones971 year ago
maybe PVC would be faster cheaper and lighter. I think 1" or better would work.

Saddly PVC will not work. I tried.

There is no way to get the spacing tight enough on the "seat gap" to keep the chair up right. It might work if you used 2 different sizes of pipe and make the pipe on the seat larger. You wouldn't be able to take it apart though. If the gap is as tight as possible (I even shaved down the T connectors I was using to get that "seat gap" smaller) once you slide the seat past the right angle connectors on the seat to the pipe sections there is a lot of extra room almost an inch. The seat pretty much just lays down. the only ways I even remotely come up with to solve this problem would make the seat to where you couldn't take it apart, defeating the purpose of the chair.

I really wanted this to work, because I wanted to find a way to turn my PVC pack frame into a chair. But sadly no dice.

grannyjones2 years ago
I wonder if a curved piece of wood could be used for the "lumbar strut".
(like off an old, broken chair)
Padding is also a great idea. (author)  grannyjones2 years ago
I think I'd try the padding, if anything, first as I like the compact look of the chair. But, a curved piece my fit better. Might be the way to go if I can turn it into a pack frame.
Lorddrake2 years ago
what about putting several notches in the underside of the seat's sidebars, where it rests on the frame of the back piece, so that you can set the chair to different angles.

similar to the way the wooden and canvas deck chairs are adjustable. (author)  Lorddrake2 years ago
So far, I haven't had any issues just sliding it in and out to where I want it before I sit down. It seems that the weight on the seat offers enough friction that is stays put while I'm on it.
wazzup1052 years ago
Nice.. I was looking for a light weight (reasonably) comfy chair to take with me... (in the car)
ancienthart2 years ago
What's that bar like across your back?
I had a fabric chair with this basic design and the bar really starts to hurt across your lower spine? (author)  ancienthart2 years ago
I sit in it for about an hour at a time while my daughter is in dance, and haven't had an issue. It is a 1x3 wrapped in 1/4" rope. i could see maybe putting some padding on it before wrapping it.
That probably makes the difference.
CrLz2 years ago
Sweet chair, awesome ible!
That's awesome! Very nice build. :D