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I first built some wooden beach chairs in 2004. They were all-wood, gorgeous, but rather uncomfortable. I then bult some wood-and-fabric chairs in 2011. However, I was not making video at the time. Now in 2019, I had a need to make some more chairs, and this time I produced a LONG and fairly detailed build video, which is at the top of this page.
In contrast, these wooden chairs are quick to make, light and sturdy. They also nest together for carrying and storage. And of course, they are quite comfortable for lounging on the beach or campground with friends and family.
The back fabric is a heavy cotton canvas. It is just a big rectangle, so nothing complex, but you will probably want to finish the edges of the fabric. So you'll either need to find a friend to help you with some (VERY simple) sewing, or tackle it yourself. The fabric is just stapled to the frame.
I used alternating strips of cherry and maple as seat slats. I like the contrasting colours, which is not something you would normally see in a chair, so this adds to the custom flair of the project.
I used maple for the legs, and cherry as some of the crosspieces. Most any sturdy hardwood should work.
I've also seen these called "Camp Chairs", or "Festival Chairs", or "that neat chair that so-and-so was carrying...". Use them in the backyard, or at the campground...
I designed and built this project a few years ago, and wrote an article about it which was published in the Summer 2011 Canadian Home Workshop magazine.
(This magazine has since ceased publication.)
They were gorgeous -- made in many contrasting slats of maple and cherry. I had them for a few years, but they were frankly uncomfortable. We found that the wooden back was too flat, which is why I then worked on this design with a comfortable fabric back. In many ways this is a much more simple design.
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