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Well, so I wanted to  make a project with para cord and thought I would make something really easy. Then I decided to make THIS CHAIR :). 

Of course after the sore hands and increased muscle strength to my  grips I am not sure if I would do it again, but it was a lot of fun!

I will show you the prettiest version of the chair first!
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Step 1: Come up with the idea and do a drawing!

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So this is my first Instructable, so bear with me. Its a little last second submission as well. But HERE WE GO!

I had the thought to  make something that would be fun  to make and also useful for me. So I figure I would go with a CHAIR!

It may have been a bit ambitious but its been a fun journey so far!

If you have an idea, draw it in a notebook!

Step 2: Make a scale model of said drawing.

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Ook, now make it look a little prettier and do a scale cutting. Rulers still optional at this point.

Step 3: Now that you have a rough working. Time to make an actual illustrator file.

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This was actually my first time using illustrator. Its not the greatest of jobs and it was pretty hard learning but still enjoyable.

I made sure that I had all of the measurements correct and squared. The rectangle was my rookie attempt to keep things square and how to keep aware of where the intersecting parts will  be.

I later learned that I didnt need that at all.. Yay Learning Curve!

Step 4: Export dxf and see if it works in Sketchup.

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Again this was my first time using Illustrator. To be able to export or to use the program I had to do some Google/YouTube searches.

I exported my file as a .dxf which then I imported into Sketchup. Apparently importing dxf into sketchup is only available on pro trial and pro version. I am still on my pro trial.

After learning that I didnt screw everything up it was time to find a Laser Cutter!
sbrown95781 year ago

great job!

Roundpegprops (author)  sbrown95781 year ago


bgipson11 year ago
Really nice chair on your next one just a idea use short dowel as a handle wrap the cord around it a couple of turns and pull
easier than fingers
Roundpegprops (author)  bgipson11 year ago

Thanks! Yeah thats a really good suggestion! If I have a second go at it I will probably modify quite a few things! along with having a more stylish color as cord. I am imagining red would actually make this chair "POP" haha.

KI0DN1 year ago

Great i'ble! Don't know if I'm up to the challenge, but enjoyed your work.

Roundpegprops (author)  KI0DN1 year ago

Ya know, with a few tweaks it would be a lot easier! Instead of hole I think nicely cut notches would work better since you wouldnt have to sustain tension and thread a hole. Probably double wrapping and having an internal notch would solve most of the stringing difficulties. Along with what @bgpison1 had suggested using some dowel to assist.

redneck981 year ago
How comfortable is it with it being cord?? Awesome idea!!!
Roundpegprops (author)  redneck981 year ago

You'd be surprised at how comfortable it is! You can add a cushion on top of the cord if you want to. Your butt doesnt end up hitting the cross section. It can hold a good amount of weight as well. I weigh over 200lbs and its no problem.

This chair is awesome

Thanks Gabriel! You are the first person to comment on my first post! The Warm Fuzzies are in full effect!

I wonder if you could make a chair in that form but out of cardboard
Roundpegprops (author)  Kyleluvspets1 year ago

Hmm thats a good question. I dont think you could because of the amount of tension that the cord requires. But that being said, with some thicker cardboard stacked and gleud you could probably just get a cushion to put in the middle section and it would still work just fine as a seat. Not so sure about the back rest though and cardboard.