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paul wheaton
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When ernie and erica present, they have slides to show. We are working on the projector and the screen and the sound. We need to figure out seating.

I *very* much like the idea of lots of couches - but they would need to be stored away somewhere when the auditorium is being used for other things. I am thinking it would be good to have a mix of things.

I would like to hear ideas of fun things to sit on that would store well.

I have two of these:



They are freakishly comfortable and store well. But they are so comfortable that people might go to sleep.
 
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For what it worth, there is a online auction in Portland with a lot of plastic chairs. These auctions usually go cheap.

There are 6 days to bid and there are no bidders at the present time.

Auction #973338 - Lot of 120 red patio chairs
http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/all,or/auction/view?auc=973338

Auction #973346 - Lot of 170 white patio chairs

http://www.publicsurplus.com/sms/all,or/auction/view?auc=973346

Is it worth a trip to Portland?
 
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No plastic only natural materials please!!!
 
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Paul here is a picture and some plans, of a really simple, very comfortable ,storable, chair that is used at rendezvous. Just need a woodworker willing to build them for you.

http://www.gcwoodworks.com/civil_war_camp_chair_woodworking.htm
 
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Adirondack chairs are easy to build, comfy, and store outside.
 
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I could make you some chairs, Paul - some comfortable folding chairs (Civil War link below) or some adirondack chairs, comfortable but not quite as relaxed as the traditional models. I use reclaimed wood and can finish them with a citrus-based stain. If you are interested, message me your budget and let's talk design.

Cheers,
Noah
 
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Noah Jackson wrote:I could make you some chairs, Paul - some comfortable folding chairs (Civil War link below) or some adirondack chairs, comfortable but not quite as relaxed as the traditional models. I use reclaimed wood and can finish them with a citrus-based stain. If you are interested, message me your budget and let's talk design.

Cheers,
Noah


I just sent you a purple moosage, Noah!
 
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In time for the Paul's rocket stove and meat-smithing workshop, we delivered 12 chairs to Paul's farm by our vegetable-oil powered vehicle. They are made from reclaimed wood and we put a lot of care and thought into our design and the building process. You can read about them, see photos, and even order them here - http://forestvoices.org/farmblog/2013/10/25/chairs

I'm happy to give a donation to Paul's farm startup costs for each chair ordered through this network.

Thanks,
Noah
 
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They look awesome - and they fold up for easy storage!

Hope you don't mind, I've posted a pic here...

 
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Nice work Noah, those are just like the ones I have seen in Wyoming. They are really comfortable and store easily.
 
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Miles Flansburg wrote:Nice work Noah, those are just like the ones I have seen in Wyoming. They are really comfortable and store easily.


Thanks, Miles. We have some local shops that might be interested in them, but I'd be very interested in your ideas to market these farther afield. I looked at the ones offered built online, and these seem to be a bit nicer. The key in building the strong chairs (check out the link) is the spacers.
http://bit.ly/16eWuFT
 
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Noah, my brother is into mountain man reenactments called rendezvous. He has told me that there is someone who builds hundreds of these chairs and brings them to a large rendezvous in Fort Bridger Wyoming. They sell out every year. So you might be able to check out the rendezvous in Montana and see what it would take to get onto "traders row". Many of the bigger rendezvous require clothing appropriate to the mountain man era, around the 1860's time period. But that is easy to find. You might also ask around in your local community for anyone who goes to these events to show you around.

Here is a search page for some in Montana.

http://www.bing.com/search?q=mountain+man+rendezvous+montana&qs=n&form=QBRE&pq=mountain+man+rendezvous+montana&sc=1-31&sp=-1&sk=&cvid=4c9af1d394844f958eae6c1a555add1a&adlt=strict
 
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By the way I liked your craftsmanship and innovation to the design. They look much better than I have seen before!
 
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Here are two (kinda crappy) shots of Noah's chairs in action!

We were still in construction mode, so we did not use tablecloths and the rocket mass heater was not yet working - hence all the coats and hats!
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auditorium shot of chairs and tables
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chairs in use in the auditorium
 
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The seats pull out and slide into the backs for storage.

 
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Those do look AWESOME. They look much more comfortable than the standard straight cut version in the other link.

You are right about the spacer detail. That little detail makes a HUGE difference and takes the stress wood-to-wood.

 
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R Scott wrote:Those do look AWESOME. They look much more comfortable than the standard straight cut version in the other link.

You are right about the spacer detail. That little detail makes a HUGE difference and takes the stress wood-to-wood.



Thanks, Scott. We are putting on a VOC-free clear coat today on one of the extra chairs. Like some of our other furniture, we will probably coat the others with a linseed oil and beeswax oil mixture. It's always remarkable to me how much material some of the wood soaks up. With the VOC clear coat (Safecoat), it needs another quick sand of 220 grit. The finishing of these buggers is a lot of work. I'm thinking about a second chair version that retains the same general curves but uses carriage bolts to have the pieces stay together.

The curves and smaller slats (compared with other designs), is one reason this is so comfortable. Mary, in the photo, is a little shorter than I am, so we made two versions - one a bit shorter and the second a bit larger. At the end of our blog, there is a purchase link to the chairs. Even with shipping, it's cheaper than what we've found online. We'd love to send some out of Montana! In our article, there is also a link to our favorite local mill, that helped us get the 5/4x6 restoration beetle pine that are used for the legs. Link here - http://forestvoices.org/farmblog/2013/10/25/chairs
 
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