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Make a deck chair

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Make a deck chair

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Instructions are given for an adult's and a child's deck chair. Materials and measurements for the adult chair are given first; any changes for the child's chair are written in brackets. If there is only one figure, it applies to both sizes.
 

You need:
Cutting and Assembly diagrams

• Four (three) 8-foot lengths of 2- x 1-inch clear hardwood, such as birch or maple
• Four slip washers
• Four 3/8-inch lock washers
• Four 5/16-inch carriage bolts, 1-1/2-inches long, with four corresponding nuts
• Ten 1-1/2-inch wood screws
• Saw
• Hammer
• Chisel
• Plane
Drill with assorted bits
• Screwdriver
• Pliers
• Set square
• Tape measure
• Sandpaper in various grades
• Varnish or wax
• Piece of sturdy fabric such as canvas, duck or denim or drapery chintz fused to both sides of sturdy fabric with Stitch Witchery or similar bonding web, 52- x 18-inches (40-3/4- x 12-1/2-inches)
• Matching thread

To make:
1. Fabric seat: Press under 1/4-inch, then 1/4-inch again, along long edges of fabric. Edgestitch along both folds. Press under 1/2-inch, then 2-3/4-inches, along short edges to form sleeves for wood. Edgestitch along first fold then 1/4-inch from this. Machine-zigzag ends of stitching lines to reinforce.

2. Mark and cut wood as follows:

  • A - 2 pieces 22-inches (16-1/2-inches) long
  • B - 2 pieces 48-inches (36-inches) long
  • C - 2 pieces 18-inches (13-1/2-inches) long
  • D - 1 piece 23-1/2-inches (18-inches) long
  • E - 2 pieces 33-inches (24-3/4-inches) long
  • F - 2 pieces 20-1/2-inches (15-inches) long

With pencil, label each piece.

Page 1 of 2 – Now that you have your materials gathered, learn how to finish construction of your deck chair on page 2.
3. Cut notches, 3/8-inch deep, in A, D and F, as shown in Cutting Diagram (cut sides of notch with saw, then chisel out flat bottom). Cut check-mark shaped grooves, 3/4-inch deep, in E pieces, as shown in Cutting Diagram. With plane, round off one long, unnotched (top) edge on one A piece and one F piece. Sand all pieces smooth. Wax or varnish as desired.

4.
With a 3/8-inch bit, drill holes for bolts, right through and at right angles to broad sides of B, C and E, in positions shown in Assembly Diagram. With a larger bit, countersink appropriate side of each hole to accommodate bolt heads and nuts.

5.
Slip rounded A piece through sleeve at top of fabric seat, having round edge facing up at top. Slip rounded F piece through sleeve at bottom of fabric seat, having round edge facing up at bottom.

6.
On a flat surface, assemble pieces E and F into a rectangle, fitting notches in place as shown in Assembly Diagram. Drill holes (to fit screws), 1-1/2-inches deep through top ends of F pieces centred over notches. With a larger bit, countersink holes to accommodate screw heads. Screw together.

(Note: It is important that each assembled unit lies flat, or finished chair frame will be warped. If unit does not lie flat, adjust tightness of screws to correct tension)
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Assemble pieces A and B into a rectangle, fitting notches in place as shown in Assembly Diagram, being careful that fabric is not twisted and that rounded A piece is in correct position. Drill holes (to fit screws), 1-1/2-inches deep through top ends of A pieces, centred over notches. Countersink holes as before. Screw together. Assemble pieces C and piece D into a U-shape, fitting notches in place as shown in Assembly Diagram. Drill holes (to fit screws), 1-1/2-inches deep through top ends of piece D centred over notches. Countersink as before. Screw together.

7. Bolt units together as shown in Assembly Diagram detail, leaving bolted joints slightly loose so chair may be folded up.


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