One of the best things this project has brought me is to read how proud people are when they make a chair.
Brian wrote: “I’ve made two chairs and the small table, really enjoyed it. First time I attempted something like this.“ Later I learned that Brian build the chairs using a jig saw (!) from one of his neighbors. The cuts are of course not so clean and Brian mentioned that “the uneven look adds “character”!”. For the table, Brian asked the lubber store to cut the pieces at the right length as indicated in the instructions. This, I though was a great tip for other makers. Picture soon to follow.
Jim from Illinois posed the picture shown below on the 2×4 Chair Facebook page and Brian from Canada posted some awesome pictures of his chair and his family on Flickr. Also see linked copies below in this post.
And of course, I‘m always flattered to read the comments from people like Jamie, Executive Design Director from Detroit: “As a designer, I appreciate the design of both your designs and the design of your plans.”
Zac from Memphis built a chair and two tables and said: “It is my first project. I’m definitely hooked.” In the meantime, Zac also completed a bench. Keep going Zac, more tables and dining chair designs are in the making.
At Fuel on capitol hill in Seattle, you can now enjoy espresso in espresso brown 2×4 chairs outside.
Kurt decided to build a chair for his wife’s birthday and he sent me a picture of the result. Kurt mentioned that getting the angle for the back right was the hardest part. I’ve heard more people saying that. If you make sure you have enough length on either side of the cut, you only have to cut it once and you’re sure that they’re both exactly the same.
Marty just finished building her chair and posted a picture online. It looks really good. She also points out correctly that the 1.5 inch screws are too long for the back pieces. 1.25 is long enough. I will update the instructions to reflect that. And yes, the 27 degree angle for the blacklegs, I just do with a regular Skill saw. Here’s what Marty had to say about her 2×4 chair.
Finished building your chair 2 days ago. First piece of real furniture I’ve built. Your design reminded me of the bomb-proof bunkbeds I helped my dad make out of 4 x 4s when I was a kid, so that and the sleek design inspired me to make it.
I found that 1.5 inch screws were too long to join the back boards together. They would punch through to the front of the boards, so I switched to 1.25 inch. Nothing wood putty couldn’t fix.
The warnings to make sure the sides and angles matched were very helpful, maybe you could point out some times in the assembly where it is also helpful to check to make sure things are square?
Also, I’m curious–when you cut the 27 degree angle for the back legs, did you rip it lengthwise on a table saw or just do it with a regular Skill saw? That’s the only one that didn’t seem to work on my chop saw.
Evan from Wheaton IL sent an awesome message with photo’s of the chairs he made. This was his first woodworking project since grade school! Here’s what he has to say:
I made two, one straight from the design, and another with a modified back. Stained the crap out of both of them. I guess it was a father’s day thing. Made one yesterday, took most of the day, and one today that took about 3 hours. The backs are all from one pallet, on which was shipped the shingles for my father’s roof. Other than that, all but one of each chair’s front legs are 2×4’s from HD. The pallet wood seems to be much harder than the 2×4’s. Your design is flawless as far as I’m concerned, thank you for sharing.
Looks great Evan, thanks for sharing your pictures!
Jeremy from Boone NC just sent me a picture of the chairs he built as an anniversary gift for his wife. What a great idea. Jeremy used rough sawn cedar which turned out really nice. you can also check out his website: www.mountainlumbercompany.com
Jeffrey from the in the empire state of New York just send me a picture of his 2×4 chair. Jeffrey had found the 2×4 chair in the magazine and he decided to build one. Nice work Jeffrey!
And BTW Jeffrey makes great rugs too: http://alemanmoore.com/
The 2×4 chair is featured in the June / July issue of Ready Made Magazine as well as on the web site.
The chair pictured here was the first one I made. It was shipped to ready made and painted red for the photo. I really like how it turned out. I made this chair out of recycled wood and that also explains the hole in the leg. Somehow this hole disappeared in the picture in the printed version…
Building the Rietveld Crate Chair
I started building the Rietveld Crate Chair. The instructions are in the book: How to Construct Rietveld Furniture. It’s a nice book and also gives some background on the chair. It was part of the Crate Furniture series from 1934. The Crate Furniture was designed to build yourself, there are only straight cuts. The idea being that everyone should have access to well designed furniture. This chair most closely matched my own design goals.
I built this chair from standard size 1×6 cedar boards and made it a little higher, matching common seat height of easy chairs. The end result was not as sturdy as I expected. I added a board under the seat to bring extra stability.
Modifying the Crate Chair
In this modification I took out the arm rests and make the seat and back rest on the frame rather than hang it in between. The result is sturdier and easy to assemble. The proportions look a bit odd though.
The 1×6 boards I had been using were not as affordable as 2×4’s. I had also figured out how to build a table out of 2×4. Connecting 3 2×4’s from all three directions gave the corners the right stability. Exposing the ends of the bars gave the table a distinct look.
The idea behind this chair was to make it look like a table with one end folded up to make the back. This chair was not as easy to put together. It sits actually more comfortable than the chair I ended up with. To support the seat and the back, a couple extra pieces underneath are needed. This did not create as clean of a concept as I wanted.
For the final version I broke with the idea of the same direction for the seat and the back. There are no additional support bars needed. What You See Is What You Get.
Shown here is a brand new 2×4 chair. The chair also fits standard size 18″x18” cushions!