Home Projects: Ski Chair
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Lincoln Fuller isn’t big on getting rid of stuff. “I have a tough time throwing anything away,” says the Yarmouth, Maine, resident. Take his ski chalet at Sunday River, where Fuller and his family have been coming since 1968. There, four decades of fiberglass skis had built up, most of them finding a home in a storage spot beneath the house or in an outdoor closet on the back porch. “I bet we had 20 pairs,” says Fuller. “We didn’t even know whom some of them had belonged to.”
So, when his wife, Marti Mayne, suggested he try to replicate an Adirondack-style chair she’d once seen made out of old skis, Fuller jumped at the chance. He could free up some needed space without, you know, having to get rid of anything.
Afterward, Fuller told his mother what he’d built. She was somewhat taken aback that he’d used her skis in the chair. “You cut up my skis?” she asked him. But when he presented the chair to her a s gift, she loved it. And for good reason, notes Fuller. “It’s unique,” he says. “It’s eye-catching, and there’s some sentimental value to it.”
$50 for lumber, screws, and paint
2×4 and 2×6 framing lumber
5 pairs fiberglass skis
skill saw & power hacksaw
4-inch, 2-inch, and 1 5/8-inch drywall screws
Click on link below the instructions to download and print a page of illustrations for this chair.
Frame. Fuller’s first task was to build the chair’s core, which consists of varying lengths of 2×4 and 2×6 pieces of framing lumber (Figure 1).
1. For the two front two legs, cut a single 2×4 into matching 27-inch sections. The front cross member is a 22-inch board from the same-size stock. Using two 4-inch drywall screws on either side, join the front cross member to the front legs, between them, 15 inches up from their base (Figure 1a).
2. Rear legs are a pair of 38-inch 2×6 boards. Cut both ends of each board at a 45-degree angle. Using three 4-inch drywall screws on either side, join the angled ends of the rear legs to the back of the front legs at the top.