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Instructables Community Collaborative Project Answered

I thought it would be a good idea to do an "Instructables Community Collaborative Project" ! This project could well go into any number of categories, but I thought this was probably the most relevant, but may get moved if the Mods decide. I have a good mate who is disabled and big-boned (20-odd stone) and over the years he has bust several garden chairs, and so I thought I would make him a pair of sturdy replacements... As you can see from the photo, I have about 30 pieces of wood, which used to be pallet ends/bearers; they measure 4" x 3" x 47". So, with the agreement of this community project, I would like to make some chairs with a slanting mid-high back and arms. What would be great, is that with scraps of wood left over to make a triangular table that can rest on/between the arms of two chairs to provide room for snacks and drinks... (well, you don't get big by not eating, do you? ;-) ) I have the usual complement of tools, autumn is here so the weather is variable, and I have hopes to finish this project within a fortnight if possible. So, would you kindly post your ideas/plans on what to do; I will then go and do it and photo it and we can see how this project develops? Of course, if there is lack of interest I shall accept that too! ;-) FWIW, the cat palace was bashed up in about 10 minutes and made so that the scrotes round me don't want to try an nick it, but, hey, the cat loves it! Kev

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Gorfram
Gorfram

11 years ago

Um, 1 stone = 14 lb, right? So 20 stone would be 280 lb?
(...and, if I didn't blow the math in my head, roughly 128 kg?)

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kevinhannan
kevinhannan

11 years ago

Hi KIteman! (Hope you're well) In order... 16" 18" 9" 16" 8" (not applicable, seat not to cover his head?) 24" (size 10 feet! only kidding!) cheers Kiteman!

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

8" - he'll need somewhere to rest his head, surely?

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kevinhannan
kevinhannan

Reply 11 years ago

Very few of us are so recumbent as to need head rests, dear Sir! But very nice of you to think about it!

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Have you never fallen asleep in a sunny garden?

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kevinhannan
kevinhannan

Reply 11 years ago

Have you ever been married to my wife....? ;-)

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kevinhannan
kevinhannan

Reply 11 years ago

...but point taken... it would be a lovely feature to have - so it's included! Thanks for your sage advice, Kiteman, given in the way only you know how! kind regards kev

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

I've never built furniture, but what I'd be inclined to do is:

  • Two parallel rails, 20" long, with cross-pieces on top of the first 16"
  • Two more parallel rails, but these slightly wider, so that the spare 4" of the first section fits between them. Add more crosspieces.
  • Keep making sections, alternating the spacing of the rails, each time with an over-lapping section.
  • Drill holes through the over-lapping bits, and fasten with large bolts.
  • Add legs, er, somehow.

I told you, I've never built furniture.
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kevinhannan
kevinhannan

Reply 11 years ago

Your idea is along the same as mine, does anybody think anything else? I had also thought of making the legs a little longer (say 6") so make the chair higher so making access/egress easier, plus I can skil-saw the legs to length when I give him the chairs.. It's raining today (quite heavily) and I have to do the work outside, so when it clears up a bit I will make a start! Thanks for "chipping" in, Kiteman!

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Kiteman
Kiteman

11 years ago

First job, measure your friend.

  • Heel to back of knee.
  • Back of knee to point of buttocks (or the nearest equivalent location...)
  • Point of buttocks to base of rib-cage
  • Base of rib-cage to neck
  • Neck to top of head.
  • Width (not circumference) across hips, stomach, chest, shoulders

Those will then become the dimensions of the sections intended to support each part of his body.