Open Chair by James Tooze

Pdf / Printable instructions are available: here

These are plans to make a relatively simple chair. It is cheap or nearly free to produce and only requires tools that are often owned by homeowners and hobbyists. It can be altered in many directions: structurally, formally and materially.

The chair is specifically designed to utilize small pieces of plywood / wood waste generated by joinery and cabinet-making workshops. This material would normally be too small to be worth keeping so would end up in landfill or at best a wood burner. It is my hope that people wanting to make the chair or variations on it would engage with these businesses to find a home for this material. Of course this is not exclusive, material from building renovation and recycled furniture can be used too…

This chair design is a starting point, a simple straightforward method to make durable, affordable furniture which hopefully will be adapted / appropriated into many varied incarnations.

I hope you find this useful - James Tooze

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    7 years ago on Introduction

    O projeto da cadeira e a postila em pdf são simples e objetivos.
    Agradeço. Best regards

    Claudia BR


    7 years ago on Introduction

    Thank you so much, I'm two meters tall and I'm dying here sitting on tiny chairs all day!


    7 years ago on Introduction

    they are....just click on the link at the top of the text...they are even in a handy pdf booklet so you can view them online, download or print out...i'd say that was pretty good.

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    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    I think she means here as an instructable, instead of as a link to a PDF.

    The PDF is fantastic though - that has to be one of the most dead-simple ways of making a chair I've ever seen!

    I think I may try this, though I think I will swap the screws for dowels + a lock pin. That, rounded corners, fill in the blank strips, and some nice stain and this could be a sharp looking little chair.