It's just an hour away from the close of a contest on Instructables. That means I'm cramming like a freshman student to try and get my project done. Strangely, that's the first and only introduction that i planned on writing for this project.
I really should take this more seriously.
But I do. For years I have been intermittently collecting seat belt webbing with the intent of making a folding lawn chair a bit more permanent. And this project finally got me to dig them out and mash them up with the belts, webbing, and a few found objects to make the best folding lawn chair this side of the other side of my house.
Step 1: Tools and materials
Drill and bits
Scissors or utility knife
Pop rivet gun and rivets
An old folding aluminum lawn chair
Belts, seat belts, straps, dog collars...
Step 2: Strip the old frame
Take a faded , old aluminum frame and strip off the old webbing from it with a screwdriver. The one I have appeared to have been in too close contact with some major heat. The cats loved it! These are great pieces of furniture. They can be fixed much easier than a broken plastic piece of what currently passes for lawn furniture. Ultraviolet deterioration is a major contributor of the degradation of the chairs of this era. Put a straight bit in your drill and remove the old (and likely rusted) screws from the frame. Liberate those straw-like strands of plastic.
Step 3: Find the center of the chair
Find the center of the front and back bars of the chair. Mark them with a permanent marker. We'll be centering the first strap on this one.
Step 4: Drill holes in the frame
You might need to drill new holes in the frame or you might be able to use (or enlarge) the holes that existed. A really wide piece of webbing like i used for my center one will require two rivets on each end to distribute the weight better.