Roorkee chairs are great fun to show customers – until they ask me to take it apart and put it back together for them.
For the first year or so, I was pretty slow at putting them together because there are eight buckles to tighten up all while keeping the loose parts from falling down like a Jenga game.
After thinking about it and working with the chairs for three years now, I’ve got it down to about two minutes to assemble a chair – tops. I can take it apart in a little less than that, which is ideal if you are retreating from the enemy.
The trick is to keep the seat, thigh strap and back legs buckled.
You can then snap the back legs onto a stretcher – already threaded through the seat – add the side stretchers and thigh strap and then the back legs. Rotate the back legs and…. aw heck, describing this with words is just stupid.
Watch this video.
This chair (and its mate) are bound for a customer this week. I finished building the chair shown in the video for an upcoming DVD by Popular Woodworking titled “Build a Campaign Chair,” which is due out in January 2015.
— Christopher Schwarz
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