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Home Projects: Ski Chair
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Read more: Ski Coatrack from ski blogger Heather Atwell

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
Phillips-head screwdriver
skill saw & power hacksaw
4-inch, 2-inch, and 1 5/8-inch drywall screws
latex paint

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.

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5 Responses to Home Projects: Ski Chair

  1. SONIA FULLER December 24, 2009 at 1:00 pm #

    The chair is attractive, comfortable to sit on, and weather-proof too. I got it as a gift for my 75th birthday — no doubt my son thought I was too old to use the skis on the slopes any more.

  2. Dennis Sheridan January 27, 2010 at 2:19 am #

    How very, very cool.

  3. Gary Cowles February 9, 2010 at 6:06 pm #

    I am having a devil of a time figuring out the 30 degree angle for the rear cross member. Wasting a lot of lumber. Any help? Also, wondering if the seat back is adequately supported being merely screwed into the rear cross member. Comments appreciated.

  4. william boice June 28, 2010 at 10:47 am #

    Is there an answer to the 3rd comment about 30 degree and support with only 3 screws.

  5. timothy April 10, 2014 at 10:19 am #

    hmmmmmm, there must be something to support the upper part of the back skis, otherwise when you sit against the back it would give way.

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