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Very comfortable, very easy to make chair from a pallet and some paracord.

I know that there are a lot of different kinds of chair instructables already, but I have never seen a chair like this before. It is so easy to make and it is comfortable because it conforms to your body. I don't know how I came up with the idea and as I was making it I wasn't even sure if it would work out. But it did and I am very happy with the results. So here goes- my first instructable.

This instructable will show you everything I did to make the chair, but I am sure you will find ways you can customize yours to meet your needs.

 
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Step 1: Tools and Materials

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Stuff you will need-

Tools:
Drill
Saw
Lighter
Sawzall (optional)

Materials:
Paracord
Pallet (I was able to get by with just one but it all depends
on how much usable wood you can get off of each pallet)

I used pallet wood because it is hardwood and free but, as with all treated wood, you need to use precaution when handling this wood. Make sure you are wearing a mask when cutting, and gloves at all times. When you are finished with all the cuts and have drilled all your holes, it is important that you seal the wood.

I used paracord because it is small yet strong and does not stretch as much as other ropes. Paracord is also easier to work with because it doesn't unravel or fray like other types of rope, and because the ends can be melted to make lacing with it easy.

Step 2: Take Pallet Apart

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There are many different ways to take apart pallets in order to use the wood for something else. I have  found that prying them apart causes a lot of damage to the wood and is a lot more work then is necessary. So, my preferred method is to cut the pieces apart using a sawzall.

All you have to do is cut through the nails that are holding it together and you are good to go (with minimal damage to the  wood). If you want you can pop the remaining parts of the nails out of the wood.

Just take the sawzall and cut right between the piece you would like to save (the top piece) and the thick frame. Try to cut just the nails and not too much of the wood. Once you get the hang of it it will go really fast.

Step 3: Cutting the Wood to Size

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Now here is where you need to decide how wide you would like your chair. I guess you should base the size on the hiney that will be siting in it. With the pallet that I had I was able to just cut the boards right down the middle (20"). Butt the size is up to you :)
The amount of board is also up to you. I ended up using 16 boards for my chair.

Warning:
Make sure you look out for left over bits of nails in the wood as you are cutting.

Step 4: Marking Wood for Lace Holes

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Now what you want to do is take one of the boards and mark where you want to put the laces.
I put my laces 1/2" in from the edge of the board and put them 2" apart.

Depending on how you would like yours to look you can make the laces further apart or closer together. As long as they are in far enough from the edge so that the board does not break once it has weight on it. Keep in mind also that if the laces are spaced further apart,  the boards will tend to pull away from each other more, making a gap where things might get pinched (fingers, "cheeks", etc.)

Step 5: Drill the Holes

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Now that you have your holes marked you can start drilling. I used a drill press but a regular drill will work just fine.
I started by drilling all the holes in my first board and then I used that board as a jig to do the rest.

You will want a drill bit that is a little bigger then your paracord so that the cord fits easily through the holes.

Step 6: Start Lacing

Now comes the fun part. Start by placing two of your boards next to one another. Now lace the paracord through them just as you would a pair of shoes. Once you reach the end cut the paracord, making sure you leave enough slack to tie a strong knot at the end. Now you can pull the paracord out and use it to measure the rest of the pieces you will need. When you cut the rest make sure you leave a little room for error. It's better to have too much then to have too little and have to start over.
Once you have cut your paracord to size it is a good idea to melt the ends so that it is easy to get the cord through the holes.
Now you can start lacing boards together.

Things to watch as you're lacing:

-Make sure you are paying attention to what side of the board is up and what side is down so that you end up with all the good looking sides facing up.

-It  looks best to have all the knots on the bottom.

-Once you have finished a lace go back and pull each "X" to get the slack out



Step 7: Hang and Enjoy

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Now all you have to do is hang the chair from whatever structure you have available.
I used some 2x4's between the trees in my back yard (not the prettiest but it works).

Just drill a couple of holes in each of the four corners you would like to hang the chair from and thread the paracord through them. I put the front cords back one board from the end so that it would be more comfortable on the back of my legs.

For a somewhat laid back chair attach the front and back cords further apart from each other with the back cords low, for more of an upright chair, like mine, put them closer together with the back cords high.
The whole thing is completely adjustable to your liking, so tweak it till it's comfortable for you.

Note: I used two strands of paracord per corner, which is strong enough to hold me, but you might want to braid more together for added strength.

-Getting into the chair can be a little tricky (kind of like getting into a hammock) but once you do relax and enjoy.



Improvement:

I think I would stain the boards next time, this would look nicer and make the paracord stand out more.

Step 8: Other people's versions

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Many people have made their own versions of this chair. If you make your own, please send me a picture.

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JosephT10 made it!18 days ago

Love this project - some mods from original plans - as you can see the chair is being enjoyed! Thanks for this idea and the plans!

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crwydryny5 months ago

I'm book marking this as a possible future project for my conservation group. a few of these would be great in the woods near our community centre

Thumper Bluejack made it!6 months ago
Awesome make. Painted with spray paint and skull sprayed on too, both sides. Very comfy, very happy girl.
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Joe Torres7 months ago
this goes directly to my to-do list
Twotim221 (author)  Joe Torres7 months ago

Great, please send/post a picture when you finish.

lynn.pettis9 months ago
How much cord did it take you
Twotim221 (author)  lynn.pettis9 months ago

Less than 100'

jdgreen1 year ago
Just put mine up!!
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Twotim221 (author)  jdgreen1 year ago

Nice!

SoHa SMART1 year ago

This is SO great! Well done!

kbenton31 year ago
I really like this thank you for stepping out and doing this instruct-able ! Hope you do more !
bob30301 year ago
I've got this on my list for a nice winter project that I can use next spring. Thank you for the inspiration and thanks for posting. If I travel to Florida I'll bring mine along and we can sit and chat with a glass of ice tea in your nice garden.
Twotim221 (author)  bob30301 year ago
That would be nice, but I live in Guam. :)
Mayerite2 years ago
Here's one solution to "where to hang my chair".
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Twotim221 (author)  Mayerite2 years ago
Nice, I like the torching too.
I JUST finished my own chair! I haven't hung it up, because I'm a little limited as to what I can hang it on. I have no trees in my backyard, and even though my front yard has 4 trees, they're a bit staggered, so it's tricky. Not just that, but since it's in the front yard, I don't want to build a 2x4 rig that everyone will see. The only options I have are

1. Hang all 4 corners from 1 branch(I don't see that functioning properly, since it will be VERY uncomfortable)
2. Hang it from 2 branches, both on a different tree each. They're both parallel with each other, but are a bit far apart.

If I EVER find how to hang it(either today or tomorrow hopefully), I'll try and post a picture, but after accomplishing stuff I usually begin procrastinating, so we'll see how things go!
Twotim221 (author)  TheAntiHeroHimself2 years ago
You could hang it from one branch, but you would need to make some sort of frame to run the corner ropes through.
j_man515902 years ago
Im in the Army and I made a chair for myself and a friend. Worked great! its awsome for when we go to the field and need something to relax on. Way cooler than a hammock and definately more interesting to talk about. Great Post!
dana-dxb2 years ago
nice i love it and it gave a good idea
thanx
Suvo12 years ago
wow, nice job.
Is there anyway you could give the measurements in the length of the cords and the distance between the front and back ones? I'm having a hard time tweaking mine just right. I just hung it straight from the tree branches. Once you're in it, it's pretty nice, but it's super hard to get in and out.

Overall, I love it! Once I really get the length adjustments down, I plan on making a nicer one for my grandmother as a gift. This is such a great idea! Always looking for ways to make use of all the pallets sitting around at work.
Twotim221 (author)  GoneToTheeDogs2 years ago
It is kind of like a hammock,just a little tricky to get into- just keep tweaking you will find the "sweet spot". I would love to see what your chair looks like, please upload a pic if you get a chance.
Thanks. Will keep tweaking. Here's a pic.
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Do you remember approximately how much paracord you used for yours?
I don't know exactly, but 100' cord is definitely enough for one of these chairs. I don't think it's quite enough for 2.
Only 100'? That's MUCH less than what I thought it would be! Thank you for the input, now hopefully my chair will turn out half as nice as yours did!
Do you have an estimation of how much paracord you used? I want a starting point on how much Paracord I should buy, because I buy my paracord locally by 100' sections.
jhuston23 years ago
THANK YOU SOOO MUCH!!!!!! My wife is going to love this, she is a huge book worm and she loves to be outside. We live in Maine so this can also work very well indoors during the winter months. What a brain storm I don't know why I didn't think of this. I have built a pallet work shed and look to other things for pallet ideas. Thanks again.
Twotim221 (author)  jhuston22 years ago
Please share a picture when you finish.
CobraStitch3 years ago
I own a Paracord buisness, but i've never seen something so creative.
Way to go!
denebrock3 years ago
I've been seeing a lot of neat pallet projects lately- I like the idea of reclaimed materials. Thanks for the great idea!
wildviolets3 years ago
OH THIS IS AWESOME....right up my alley. thanks for sharing...frankie
Takelababy3 years ago
Thanks. I was delaying dismantling a few pallets wondering how to do it without splitting the boards.
badwooki3 years ago
actually it is called both a skid or a pallet
Plo Koon4 years ago
i think it's called a "skid", not a "pallet".
its called a pallet in the uk /shrug
it can be ether
what are the plastic one called with giant cup holders?
Hi,
I worked for 7 years in the warehousing industry, the unit pictured is definitely a pallet. A skid is the type with just two wooden runners along the bottom, no slats on the bottom tying the runners together on the bottom like you see on the pallet above.
Ah.
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