Extra Seating In A Jiffy – Build a Foldable Chair for Thanksgiving

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Thanksgiving: It’s about turkey, football, feeling thankful, and stuffing as many people as you can around a table without causing bodily or emotional harm. Love them or barely tolerate them, the holidays are the time for family members to come together – and if it’s your turn to host, it’s best to be prepared. For some people, this means anything from getting a monster-sized turkey to filling a monster-sized flask, but regardless of how you manage things, it’s wise to ensure that you have all the seating you need. We found instructions for an easy-to-make foldable chair that will help you get through Thanksgiving and beyond.  

The great thing about a small but sturdy folding chair is that you can easily store it away when you don’t need it, it’s lightweight enough to carry, and is a simple seating solution for those times that you want to watch your kid’s soccer game, sit out at a picnic or cottage, or have a comfortable place to sit while you hide from your in-laws in the garage with your beer and a drumstick. And the best? This design is so easy that the designer, Craig Stevens of WoodWorkersResource.com, had his young son help construct it.

For each foldable chair, you need (and you can make your chair larger if you want!):

  • Two 1” x 2” x 6’ pieces of plywood that you cut down into:
  • – Four legs that are 19 5/8”
  •  – One stretcher piece that is 10 5/8”
  •  – A second stretcher 11 ¾” long
  •  – Two top pieces at 14” long
  • ½” Dowel at 16” in length
  • 9.5” x 21 ¾” Canvas
  • Two 1 ½” long machine screws
  • A corresponding T-nut
  • Two washers
  • Staple gun staples
  • Sanding paper
  • Wood glue

As for tools, there’s nothing too fancy that you shouldn’t already have in your tool box, but if you don’t, HomeFixated sponsors, Rockler, Tyler Tool or Ohio Power Tool will happily set you up.

Just follow along with the instructions on this easy-to-follow video (fair warning, it’s over a half hour long), and you’ll be sitting in no time!

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About Jen

Jen (but never “Jenn”) Byck, aka the Fix'n Vixen, is a Toronto-based freelance writer and communication consultant who is undoubtedly home fixated (she is also TV fixated, really bad TV fixated and donut fixated). Her approach to home improvement has been rather trial and error, the latter of which is evidenced by the amount of spackle she buys on an annual basis.

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