Armchairs are tough. It is awfully difficult to get the arms integrated, the structure sexy, and the ergonomics tight. Working with the nice folks over at the ReBuilding Exchange (www.rebuildingexchange.org), nestled by the banks of the Chicago River, I put together these armchairs over the last few weeks. Each has a pine frame of salvaged 2" x 4"s and a seating surface made of old maple flooring. Compact, materially efficient, and handsome enough for the living room, you can slap together a pair of these in a weekend, adapting the design to whatever wood you have on hand. I finished mine with a couple of coats of non-toxic, all-natural tung oil, giving the wood a hand-rubbed glow that's easy to refresh as it ages.

You will need these materials for each chair:

Approx. 14' of 2" x 4" or similar
Enough 3/4" material to make two planes, approx. 18" x 16" each -- I used maple flooring, but you could use plywood or other material
16 #10 x 3-1/2" galvanized wood screws
Wood glue
Tung oil or finish of your choice

You will need these tools:

Bandsaw, jigsaw, or circular saw
Table saw
Random orbital sander
Assorted bar clamps
Judith7563 years ago
Nicely made and great craftsmanship. Thanks!
Abber13 years ago
I shall call you little Bauhaus! Great job on the chair, I've been looking for something like that, thanks for posting it, are the blue prints of the chair included in the PDF file or they are just made by feel, I would love to start making a rendition from yours.
blkhawk3 years ago
Your chair reminds me of Stickley furniture from the Arts and Crafts Period. Simple and functional. Great job and thank you for posting!
This is amazing.
rimar20003 years ago
What a good work!. That chair is war proof.
creasemaker3 years ago
Awesome chair! I have been wanting to make some furniture like this but did not know where to go to get reclaimed lumber. I live in the south suburbs of Chicago so I just checked out the link to the Rebuilding Exchange, and cant wait to go there, thanks for letting us know about it.Do you go there often it looks like a great place and I love what they are doing and how they are helping people?
wholman (author)  creasemaker3 years ago
Hey creasemaker, thanks for your comment. I work at RX part time, a couple days a week, helping in their shop. They are a non-profit that trains ex-offenders in job skills to help them re-enter society after being released from prison. They also run educational workshops for the general public and sell architectural salvage, recycled building supplies, and furniture from deconstructed houses.
mikeasaurus3 years ago
I love the maple choice as the seat, this chair looks great.