This chair is made from, obviously, a 25-year old metal sign -- but, to complete the concept, all the wood I used is recycled campaign sign posts. In this election season, those wooden stakes should be plentiful. They are generally crap, rough-sawn wood, but with a little sandpaper and elbow grease, they can be cleaned up. It is 100% recycled, save the fasteners.

I cut and bent the sign in such a way as to try and capitalize on the inherent properties of the material, namely its tensile strength. Since I designed it as I went along, the substructure is a little weird. I just kept adding pieces until it stiffened up. With a little more forethought, you could organize the structure better, but I kind of like how it developed organically, and the final form reflects that.

That said, it is still surprisingly flexible, and conforms to your body some when you sit in it. At about 13" off the ground, it is a low, lounge-type chair. Given that the wood is already weathered, and the sign was meant to be outside, this chair is great for a porch, patio, balcony, or deck. Originally 2' x4', the dimensions aren't ideal for a chair, in that the seat pan is a little long tailbone-inside-of-knee wise. However, when you sit in it, the big 45-degree cutbacks on the front edge are where your legs go, and it works out fine that way. It is really comfortable and incredibly lightweight -- you can pick it up with one hand.

I don't expect you to find the same sign, or the same dimensioned sign, so I'm not going to include any dimensions. In true readymade style, I measured everything just by holding it up and eyeballing. You can do the same . . . .

Step 1: Bending the Metal

I lacked the tools to make these cuts and bends as crisply and precisely as I would've liked. I used tin snips and a rubber mallet; one would be better served by an angle grinder, and some big bench vises. However, this works, in the quick and dirty sense.

I marked the sign into two 2' square halves. Off that center line, I made two sets of two 45-45-90 triangles with legs of 5", 5", and 7". Snip down that center line 5". Then carefully line up the hypotenuse with the edge of the workbench and hammer it down with the mallet. To get the cleanest bend, hit right on the edge, not down at the bottom of the piece. Repeat for all four triangles.

I did the same at the corners, but those triangles have 8" legs. For what will eventually be the back, hammer them down all the way flat. Leave the triangles at the front of the seat at 90 degrees or so.

Last, bend the whole thing in half along the center line by pulling the centerline triangles together until they completely overlap. Drill a hole through both and bolt through to hold the sign that way (see the last photo of the intro to see those bolts up close).
nice sharning
Like a good neighbor State Farm is there...WITH A CHAIR!!!!!
very inspiring.
Just don't take current road signs. The police don't look kindly on such things.
my dad works for state farm lol<br />
the fact that the sign is 25 years old is in no way obvious to me other than that, nice instructable, awesome idea too
Yea, i was thinking the same thing
Dude! Thats my uncles old sign!
That is a very nice idea. Cool beans! I am scanning the alleys from now on (as if I wasn't before...)
hey! my daddy works for state farm!
So does mine. Thus the sign.
that would explain it. but my dad's sign is the lighty uppy kind, therefore unable to be used as a chair. whoa. lighty uppy chair. got to get on that.
Your projects are awesome! Please keep them up! This furniture style is so different from anything else on the market that nothing can compare to it. It is pure DIY genius.
Thanks man. Working on a little wheelbarrow chair 2.0 now, should be up in a week or two -- some of my best work yet, I think.<br/><br/>You can see all my furniture on my flickr page: <a rel="nofollow" href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/29134933@N03/">http://www.flickr.com/photos/29134933@N03/</a><br/>
Awesome! I look forward to it!
That's a very cool idea. good use of used material and with a coat of paint it would make for a respectable booty-holder-upper. Does it hold water in the seat when it rains or does it run off mostly?
The holes would be unnecessary of you had used a political campaign sign. Noting sticks to politicians - not even water. :)
The holes at the apex of the slits cut for the bends in the middle of the sign drain water, because they are the lowest point in the finished piece. And to the earlier post, yes it's quite comfortable. As I said in the intro, your legs go over the 45 degree cutbacks on the front of the seat since the seat is a bit long, tailbone-to-inside-of-knee-wise. The whole thing has retained a surprising amount of flex, and the metal bows around your back when you settle in. Great for a hot afternoon and a cold beer.
You could just drill small holes at its lowest point in the metal.
Coooooooool. Congrats of course on reusing found wood, the concept would have been slightly bastardized otherwise. Did you consider old license plates for arm-rests?
No arms on this guy. There's just no good way to attach them that I could figure.
license plates... sweet!
Is it comfortable? It looks awesome, I would love to have them on my porch <sup>-</sup>!<br/><br/>Great job!<br/>

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