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Building a Chair – Part 1

I glance at Make (magazine and web site) from time to time, and recently have been recording and watching their TV show as well. The most recent issue has something called the Rok-Bak chair, a fairly simple (or so it seems!) project made from one sheet of plywood and some odds and ends. You can see a picture of it at http://www.make-digital.com/make/vol19/?pg=90. I think I might paint mine rather than go with the plain wood finish, but we’ll see how it turns out first. The first step is to layout the cutting diagram per the instructions at http://makezine.com/19/rokbak/ (free download and I didn’t want to post their image). I spent probably 30 minutes getting all the lines transferred over and about another 30 minutes doing the cutting. Breaking down plywood always a bit tedious, have to make sure the work is supported and some are stopped cuts that have to finished with a jigsaw. I was pleased that the two side pieces came out as a pretty good match, never a sure thing when you combine the chance of layout errors with unguided cuts. If I was making more of them I’d build a template first, rough cut the pieces and then use a router to make it precise…though there isn’t much extra wood along a couple lines and might have to be tweaked to allow that.

No picture yet, just a stack of hopefully cut correct plywood! Hopefully I can find another hour in the upcoming week to make some good progress.


I'm Andy Warren, currently a SQL Server trainer with End to End Training. Over the past few years I've been a developer, DBA, and IT Director. I was one of the original founders of SQLServerCentral.com and helped grow that community from zero to about 300k members before deciding to move on to other ventures.


Posted by Steve Jones on 11 September 2009

Pictures! Show us the stacked plywood.

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