2×6 Arm Chair Selected for Art Show

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The 2×6 Arm Chair is selected for the annual recycled art show that is organized by the Re-Store every year. The chair will be on display and for sale for $200 during the show.

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The dates of the show:  April 13th – May 8th
Opening reception Saturday April 13th, 6-9p
Address: Blowing Sands Glass Studio
5801 14th Ave. NW. Seattle, WA 98109
206.783.5314

2×4 chair Mk II

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Another project this winter was to refine the design of the chair and stools. The back of the chair always bother me a bit. I let go of the idea to be able to create these with simple tools and ripped the boards on the table saw under an angle. As a result it looks more like puzzle pieces coming together and the back of the chair as a board less.

 

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2×4 Chair Makes Classroom Material in Memphis TN

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.

Makers proudly show off their chairs

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.”

 

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The father in law and the footstool

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.

 

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2×4 chair bidding hit at auction for local arts center

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.

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Maker writes back: "I’m getting rave reviews; people want them, men fear me, women seek me."

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.

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2×4 Chair in a suitcase to Holland

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.

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2×4 Chair from the Empire State of New York

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/

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2×4 chair featured in Ready Made Magazine

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…

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