It's Friday and I am happy to share my Rustic Industrial Kid Chairs with you! On Monday I showed you my Cabinet doors into Children's Desk, and these are what I built to go with it.
I also shared these chairs first at My Repurposed Life where I contribute twice a month for my good friend Gail.
Let me share it with you...
I really wanted to use some of the old barn wood that I used on the top of the desk. I also wanted to try something different and repurpose something, so I was looking for inspiration.
It eventually came during a trip to the ARC. Not my favorite thrift store, but worth a look on Saturdays when most things are half off.
I promptly took them home and got started.
I measured the center of the smaller piece of wood and cut a circle the size of the adjustable car jack. To save time, since I was making two chairs, I cut them both at the same time. This Ryobi jig saw was a birthday present from my husband! Woo hoo!!
I added bolts to the bigger board through the four holes, with washers and nuts (top right). Then with the car jack slipped through the circle in the smaller board I put the bolts through the four holes and attached them with more washers and nuts (bottom left). Then I slid the whole thing into the rest of the car jack (bottom right).
This whole process was really a big experiment, you can see I was trying out scrap strips to see if I needed them for spacers (bottom right photo). I ended up not needing them. This was motivation enough to keep me going...
At this point I spent the better part of a week debating how I would do the seat backs. To say I am indecisive would be a HUGE understatement. One idea that I really liked was doing an X back (to match the desk), but I would have had to buy wood to piece it together, and I had already spent more than my norm. I mean these chairs were right at $6.50 each, I am used to almost totally free! Lol!
I used my Kreg Jig to drill pocket holes all along the angled end, top right photo.
Why not just cut and X shape with the jig saw!? So I did. I used a really advanced method of "measuring" out my X... with a scrap piece of wood. I am very high tech around here. :)
FYI: They were cheap because I bought the zinc ones, not the stainless steel. Luckily, I had spotted these as I was leaving with the stainless steel ones I had first grabbed, I switched them out in a quick hurry. The same thing in stainless steel would have been over $20, eeek.
This is where my second reservation was realized. I knew the base was not very wide and I had worried about them being a little tipsy. Well, they were. Of course they were useable but not as sturdy as I would have liked. Ugh! Why don't I listen to the little voices in my head?
More wood, of course. I cut a square the same as my smaller one on top and decided to notch out some semi-circles for the car jacks to rest in. I squared them up with the seats, and traced around the metal pieces onto the wood. Then I scored the parts I had traced with a pocket knife (very carefully). With a chisel and hammer I hacked out the wood. Then set my base inside. Perfect.
Here to save me again!
So even if I am crazy to try building chairs out of old car jacks, at least I had fun, definitely worth the journey!
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