A Chair for All: DIY Seating from Max Lamb by

Issue 63 · Do-It-Yourself · March 11, 2013

A Chair for All: DIY Seating from Max Lamb

Issue 63 · Do-It-Yourself · March 11, 2013

Have you ever taken a personality test and felt betrayed, like they've got you all wrong? "Don't they know that I'm really more of a rebel with a carefree spirit and not an uptight, over-organized workaholic?" I recently took such a test, adapted from Carl Jung's "Psychological Types," and discovered that I'm more likely to make something myself than buy it from a store. OK, so that is true.

And that is probably why I still have so little furniture in my apartment, because I can't make it myself. For awhile now, I've been mildly obsessed with London-based furniture designer Max Lamb's simple and smart designs. Take his Round & Round Table and Last Stool, for instance. So while perusing his online portfolio the other day, I discovered this thoughtful DIY chair project—complete with a PDF printout. No need for power tools for this one; Lamb wants you to build the chair with simple hand tools and joinery methods. The best part? You can feasibly construct a set of 8 chairs for under $100. Here's how to do it:

Max Lamb's DIY Wood Slat Chair, Remodelista

Above: Lamb designed the chair to be constructed using inexpensive building materials found at local hardware stores. "A design for everyone and anyone; mass production in fact, but production by the masses rather than machines," says Lamb.

Max Lamb's DIY Wood Slat Chair, Remodelista

Above: Thirty-one pieces of Smooth Planed Pine, a splinter-free softwood commonly used in the building industry: "The idea is to use a local or indigenous wood that is easily obtained, affordable, and sustainable."

Max Lamb's DIY Wood Slat Chair, Remodelista

Above: As Lamb says, "The dimension of wood required is 34mm by 18mm and typically available in lengths from 2 meters to 2.7 metrers. I bought seven lengths of 2.7-meter pine. The critical dimension is the 18mm by 34mm cross-section of the wood, as this dictates the width and depth of the DIY chair and also the spacing between the seat surface and backrest slats."

Max Lamb's DIY Wood Slat Chair, Remodelista

Above: "Alternatively, you can simply use my DIY Chair instructions as a template to design and build your own chair, table, stool. You can edit the design and assembly as much as you like. The possibilities are infinite."

Max Lamb's DIY Wood Slat Chair, Remodelista

Above: For a list of materials needs that you can print out and bring to the hardware store and further instructions, visit Max Lamb.

Looking to make all your own furniture? Make a Pipe Bed Frame, Instant Built-In Daybed, and Mod Desk and Shelving.



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