A folding chair that packs completely flat

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[pinit url="http://www.bamboo-board.com/2011/05/bamboo-board/wood-folding-chair" image_url="http://www.bamboo-board.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/flat-pack-wooden-seat-cu-300x222.jpg" description="Flat folding bamboo chair design - ideal for those tight spaces" float="right"] Flat pack solid bamboo chair design

DorNob are a great source of design ideas. In this post we’ll look at an ingenious flat pack chair design by Robert van Embricqs that they displayed. One for which bamboo furniture boards are the perfect candidate due to their inherent strength and availability in standard boards dimensions. No planing, gluing, clamping, cleaning, re-planing needed.

Let’s have a closer look at this design …Flat folding solid bamboo wood chair schematicThere is an illusion of three-dimensional complexity. This is created by the curves created from a series of metal-hinged, interlocking rectilinear strips.

A design like this requires a harder (as in Janka hardness) timber as it requires each of the hinged joints to be strong enough to bear the weight of the person sitting on the chair. It will also require a fair amount of tensile strength in order to be able to handle the “bending” of the individual strips.

[pinit url="http://www.bamboo-board.com/2011/05/bamboo-board/wood-folding-chair" image_url="http://www.bamboo-board.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/flat-folding-plus-wood-chair.jpg" description="Flat folding bamboo chair design - ideal for those tight spaces" float="right"] Most timbers are not dimensionally stable enough and do not typically come in the dimensions required for this type of design. Normally the following steps would be required to manufacture a design of this type:

  • Cut the timber planks to the designed thickness plus wastage (typically about 40%).
  • The planks would then be planed in preparation for gluing.
  • The planks would then be glued & clamped.
  • Allow enough time for the glue to form a strong bond.
  • Once dried, the “board” would then require another round of trips through the planer (thicknesser) to achieve the desired thickness.
  • Cut the board into the strips as per the design.
  • A little sanding and the board is ready for the hinges.
  • Attach the hinges.
  • The board is ready for final sanding and finishing.

This where bamboo boards demonstrate their uniqueness when compared to solid timber. The bamboo boards are already cut to the correct dimensions and are sanded to a 180 grit, ready for finishing after a very light sanding. All the “prep” work, time & wastage is completely circumvented. So the steps required for a bamboo board would be:

  • Cut the board into the strips as per the design.
  • Attach the hinges.
  • The board is ready for final sanding and finishing.

An incredible cost and time saver.

Think about how the ready availability of a standard sized flat board, with all the technical characteristics of quality timbers, would improve your workflow, save time, wastage and costs. Not to mention the green credentials of bamboo.





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We only deal in Solid Bamboo Timber Products - boards, counter tops, plywood panels and doors - nothing else.
  
Through extensive manufacturing research and experience, we specify our products at our factories to perform well in our diverse African climatic zones.
  
Being solid bamboo pioneers in Southern Africa, we have worked with users in all facets of timber application over the years.
 
We are driven to understand our customers specific requirements. As a result of these relationships with our varied clients, we have accumulated a lot of experience in using solid bamboo products wherever one would traditionally use timber.
  
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