Mar 13, 2020

Weekend Project: Make a Wooden Chair from One Board (for $8!)

At its core, a chair is simply a seat with a back. And while they often have legs and arms and complex joinery for strength, sometimes, a little physics can accomplish the same thing.    

Instructable member More Cowbell shares his simple plans for making a minimalist, stow-able chair from one 8' long, 12" wide pine board. It  s basic design allows it to be disassembled and stored flat in standby mode under the bed or in a closet for parties, barbecues, or camping trips. 

The technique involves cutting a large mortise - or, as More Cowbell dubs it, a slot A for tab 1, - to insert the seat, creating rigidity and a comfortable sitting angle. The wood costs less than $10 each, and can easily be sanded, stained, or painted. 

Get the full how-to and measured drawing at Instructables: One Board Minimalist Chair


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Maria on Mar 15, 2020:

They are rather appealing, but I'm nearly 70 and have creaky knees and I suspect I would have trouble standing up from one of these

Jak G on Nov 07, 2015:

I have used the same design as an easel or support for my Tablet PC. So easy to make from a scrap of wood.

Bob on Jul 20, 2015:

I'm not an engineer whitch whom could probably easily answer this question with much more accuracy but I would think as long as the wood itself was in good shape knot free ect it could easily hold 300#. I've used 2x12s to loud up things such as four wheelers lawnmowers ans even a mini truck I'm wanting to say the estimated weight was 1800 lb. and that was at full length being cut in half is going to make it even stronger. So if your butt fits I'm sure you'll be fine.

Hope on May 15, 2015:

Would there be a weight limit for this chair... like every other chair