Chair Rescue or How to Save Landfill Space

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About: I think my interests tell a lot about me, I'm a multimedia artist which means I work in whatever medium grabs my attention, paint on canvas is very relaxing and acrylic paint can be mixed with paper to make ...

Sometimes when you are out mining for suburban gold https://www.instructables.com/id/Mining-for-suburban-gold/ what you find isn't as nice in the daylight as you may have thought, you can either set it back at the curb, but our local recycle pickup doesn't recycle plastic chairs, or you can attempt to repair the item. On the plus side, the table I'm working on was found the same night

Step 1: Materials

The back of this chair was/is split in several places and I had some rolls of "rope" from the dollar store (I'm pretty sure this stuff is made from recycled plastic)

Step 2: Repair

I started at the bottom of the back and tied the rope off, then wove it in and out of the back "splats", trying to keep as much tension on the rope as possible and going back to work it tighter as I worked. I quickly realized it was going to take more than the 2 rolls of rope I had to do the entire back so I started the second rope from the top and "wove" it down. All told this took about a half hour.

Step 3: Conclusions

Although the chair looks unfinished it is sturdy enough to support my 250lbs comfortably and it really is comfortable. I expect that 3 more rolls of rope should finish the back and for around $5.us I'll have a unique chair for the summer. Of course it could also morph into a prop for this years Haunted House... but that's in the future.

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    lady4feet

    6 years ago on Introduction

    I have a broken chair like this that has been sitting in my trash/junk pile for months now. Thank you for the idea of mending it.

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    l8nitesunshiine

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you, I was surprised that not only did this simple "ible" get featured but it made the opening page !

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    sunshiinel8nite

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Congrats! Yeah it is great to share here and getting featured adds to all the fun.
    Sunshiine

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    l8niteChrysN

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank You Chrys. I'll neaten it up some when I get the other rope but considering it was a test of an idea it did turn out looking cool.

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    l8nitejessyratfink

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you Jessy ! You definitely could decorate an unbroken chair and even get artistic with a real design.

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    l8nite

    7 years ago on Introduction

    WOW, I certainly didn't expect a feature for this one !