Zac Cannon, high school teacher from Memphis TN, uses the 2×4 chair plans for the his class.
Zac teaches Precalculus and he is currently working on PBL (Project Based Learning) scenario for his class. This is part of the STEM (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics) initiative. The students need to be able to give all the missing measurements on the angular cut pieces from your 2X4 chair. They will use their trig skills and law of sines.
Zac found me via the Facebook page. I was excited to see this use of the plans. Maybe one day, when the school has the possibilities, the students can build the chairs and sell them as a fundraiser for the school.
The Slide Luck Pot Show is an organization dedicated to building and strengthening community through food and art. I attended some of the earlier events back in 2001 here in Seattle. Now they happen worldwide from Austin to Venezuela. What I personally liked a lot about how Casey organized the events, was that everyone participated, you either brought food or photos. This was the first fundraiser. It was an honor to have a 2×4 Chair as one of the auction items. More info about the SlideLuckPotShow on the website: http://www.slideluckpotshow.com/
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.”
A couple of weeks ago, my father in law was visiting us from the Netherlands. As he admired a 2×4 chair in our living room, he suggested that it would be nice to have a footstool with the chair. I thought this was a brilliant idea and went to the garage to create one. Inspiration comes from all corners of the world. We’re waiting for his next visit to suggest more pieces in the growing collection of 2×4 modern furniture.
Honored was I, when asked to donate a chair for the Kirkland Arts Center. Donating the chair turned out to be a great thing in many ways. First of all, it helped the art center in raising funds. Second, it made the winning bidder a happy chair owner. Thirdly it made me happy, as more people now enjoy the chair. So, call on all makers to make chairs and donate them for auctions. Free plan can be downloaded as well as more detailed step by step instructions.
Pierre from Canada is making the scene with the chairs he is building. As he comments on this blog “I’m getting rave reviews; people want them, men fear me, women seek me."
One of the cool things Pierre did, was modifying the existing design. The result is a very nice looking indoor chair. The one below is made out of walnut.
Earlier, Pierre had built a Rietveld crate chair. See picture below. Currently he is working on a version with one armrest and he plans to test different designs. So stay tuned for more!
Update: Just received the photo of the chaise. Nice concept. I encourage Pierre to start his own website.
Last summer while visiting my sister in Utrecht, we built a 2×4 bench. We used the wood that was available in the local store. However, the wood was of different dimensions and it cost a lot more too.
So this year we decided that it would be easier to make a chair here in Seattle out of actual 2×4’s. After building one, and taking it apart again, it appeared to fit perfectly into a suitcase.
On the picture you can see how it fits nicely in the Dutch patio, also notice the bench in the back ground.
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.