FRANKLIN LIBRARY CHAIR

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About: Yes, I'm brillig, and my slithy toves still gyre and gimble in the wabe. So let me welcome you to the Little Shop of Jarfold. In my limited space and with my limited tools I tinker and putter and dabble ma...

THE FRANKLIN LIBRARY CHAIR PIMPED TO THE NINES. This chair turns into a step stool. It is constructed from pine with embedded EBONY for a truly unique look.

Step 1: PLANS

Here are the plans from which I worked. I found them on the Internet. I have built several of these to give as gifts. Pictured is one I did basically following the plans. For this pimped up version, I transferred the measurements directly onto my Outfeed Table (also called my Assembly Table). I have, in the past, transferred all the measurements onto poster board. For accuracy in the build of this chair, it is very important to work off a full-size plan. Since the pieces are mirror images, you may either make one side and use a pattern bit on your router to duplicate the other side or make hardboard patterns of the pieces which you can use for each piece over and over again. The latter is ideal if you want to produce several chairs.

Step 2: TOOLS

I worked on this project for a few weeks and probably wound up using almost every tool in my small shop. See the pictures for the tools I used.

Step 3: MATERIALS

I used approximately 13' of 1 x 12 Pine, various sizes of ebony for the inlay, glue, trim screws and bamboo skewers. I used one set of hinges.

Step 4: CUTTING THE PIECES

To keep track of all the parts I marked each with chalk corresponding to the letters on the plans. I dry assembled them on the table. I used a combination of a pattern bit and bench sander to duplicate the mirror image parts.

Step 5: ROUNDING OVER EDGES

I rounded over all necessary edges. By necessary I mean I didn't round over the edge of the steps that fit into the dados. I didn't round over the edges of the tops of the legs where the step sits on top of the opened step stool or the bottom of the feet.

Step 6: EBONY INLAY

I approached the ebony inlay with an artistic eye, trying to make the layout appealing. I cut various pieces, outlined them where I wanted them to go and chiseled out a hole just shy of the full depth so I could sand the ebony flush after it was glued in place. Then I sanded everything. Actually, I did a lot of sanding at each stage until I was satisfied with the result. I went all the way down to over 400 grit.

Step 7: DADOS

There are two steps that require dados. I used the dead blow mallet to seat the steps flush into the dados and trim screws to secure them, then plugged the small holes the trim screw heads leave with bamboo skewers which I sanded flush.

Step 8: ASSEMBLY

Here is a brief outline of the steps so far: Make a 1:1 plan on the assembly table. Cut pieces. Ebony inlay. Dry fit pieces and make adjustments as need. Round over all necessary edges before constructing the chair. Then glue and screw and assemble.

I added lots of pictures for you to browse. They're not necessarily in order. View each for its assembly process. If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a line. For you out there not familiar with that term, "Drop me a line," is the same as PM me or IM me or whatever term you whippersnappers use today. Gotta remember, I'm old-school ... literally.

Step 9: FINISHING

I put on 3 coats of stain, sanding between applications. It really brought out the luster of the ebony. I will coat with either polyurethane or spray lacquer.

Step 10: CONCLUSION

It is said Ben Franklin invented this chair along with the umpteen other inventions of his. I hope you enjoyed this Instructable. And, as usual, all comments appreciated, all questions answered.

Thanks for visiting my Little Shop of Jarfold.

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    Hi, wonderful work that of the chair that turns into a ladder. You can have the drawings to make it. I await your reply.
    Thank you

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    Kink Jarfoldcardinale1977

    Reply 26 days ago

    I'm glad you liked the chair. The plans I used are in the Instructable. Unless you are offering the drawings, in which case, I don't need them; those plans worked fine for me.

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    misterxp

    4 months ago

    This one I will have to (try to) make! thanks for sharing great!

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    Alex in NZ

    8 months ago

    A beautiful piece. Congratulations, and thank you for sharing it :-)

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    Kink JarfoldAlex in NZ

    Reply 8 months ago

    Yes, Alex, my fiend, though it might be a bit vain, I, too, think it turned out beautiful, and I really appreciate your 'congrtz' to me.

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    doing2muchKink Jarfold

    Reply 7 months ago

    Now, what did Alex do or say to you, to be considered your 'fiend'?

    I realize it was a typo - or was it? Perhaps just another casualty of 'autocorrect,' but a funny one all the same. The only reason I am commenting on it is that I see you have a keen sense of humor - in addition to being pretty crafty ;)

    On a more serious note, 'if anything is worth doing, it is worth doing well' and you have delivered on that score!

    You have my vote!

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    Kink Jarfolddoing2much

    Reply 7 months ago

    Yes, D2M, it was a typo or auto correct. Alex is not a FIEND at all. And thanks for the vote.

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    Sheamation

    8 months ago

    I love this chair and great craftsmanship! I voted for you even though we are contest competitors. Keep up the good work.

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    Kink JarfoldSheamation

    Reply 8 months ago

    Coming from a guy who built that awesome Tardis work station, this is beyond nice.

    Kink

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    Kink Jarfoldattosa

    Reply 8 months ago

    Glad you liked it, Attosa. By the way, at my age your music, while interesting, doesn't beat my love for 50's and 60's music, BUT I did send a link to your band to my eldest son who is into your sound. Kink

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    attosaKink Jarfold

    Reply 8 months ago

    Whether he likes it or not, that makes me SOOO happy. Thank you for that! x

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    KeniR

    8 months ago

    I have been wanting to make one of these for a while but never found the plans. I see that these are in Spanish which is actually a good thing because I am in Bolivia, SA. I also see that Roble is the wood listed which I have plenty of. Thank you for a great project....now to convert to metric. I can do that.

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    Kink JarfoldKeniR

    Reply 8 months ago

    Good luck with your version of the Franklin Library Chair. I'm sure it'll turn out great. KJ

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    Kink Jarfoldwingartist

    Reply 8 months ago

    Thanks for the atta-boy, Wing. It does a heart good to know it has been appreciated. KJ

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    Driddel

    8 months ago on Step 10

    Eine wirkliche wundervolle Arbeit. Man merkt Dir die Liebe zum Holz und zum Handwerk an. Meine Stimme hast Du.

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    Kink JarfoldDriddel

    Reply 8 months ago

    Vielen Dank für die wundervollen Kommentare auf meinem Bibliothekstuhl und für Ihre Stimme. Kink Jarfold

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    rusty2926

    8 months ago

    Love the design except the inlay. Makes it look like a Jester owns it! Other than that it's cool!