Introduction: Mission Style Folding Chair
Unlike a regular folding director's style chair, which uses metal braces, this design is completely made of wood except for two bolts. This chair utilizes a dowel ended cross support that runs in a dado-ed slot in the legs.
In designing this chair, I felt it was important to keep the integrity of the original chair, made by my Grandfather in the 1930's. I have refurbished the last 2 original chairs, but I find that they are too small for most people.The new design is 3" wider and 2" taller, so it can be used at a regular height dining table. I have changed the design by adding mission style side panels for strength, ease of assembly and material replacement when needed.
As seen in the pictures above, the chair folds to 5" wide for easy storage. Great for carrying in your trunk for the kids ball games, picnics, the beach or tucking away in a corner for extra seating when guests arrive.
The PDF plans include 38 colored, step by step images. There are also 4 pages of sized images with all dimensions shown. The only templates necessary are the arm supports and back dowel supports, that are supplied on 1/4" x 1/4" graph paper for easy copying.
You will need a table saw, router and table, band saw, stationary sander, drill press and dado blade. You will need plans for a taper sled included with the PDF's, to cut the arms.
Dimensions - 23 1/2"W x 22"D x 36 1/2"H (59.7cmW x 56cmD x 92.7cmH)