HOW TO: Build a Chair out of Skis
$50 for lumber, screws, and paint
2×4 and 2×6 framing lumber
5 pairs fiberglass skis
skill saw & power hacksaw
4-inch, 2-inch, and 1 5/8-inch drywall screws
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.
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.
3. The rear cross member is a 25-inch 2×4, cut at a 30-degree angle. Using three 4-inch drywall screws on either side, join the rear cross member to the rear legs, across the outside, 18 inches up from their base.
4. Paint the entire frame with a couple of coats of dark-blue latex.
1. Cut the tip ends of seven skis into varying lengths: one 45-inch; two 44-inch; two 43-inch; two 42-inch.
2. Using three 4-inch drywall screws per ski, join ski sections vertically (and evenly spaced) to the rear cross member, flush with the bottom edge of that board.
1. Using two 1 5/8-inch drywall screws at either end of each ski tail, join seven 20-inch pieces, laid horizontally, to the tops of the frame’s front and rear cross members.
1. Using two 1 5/8-inch drywall screws on either side of the chair, mount two 26-inch ski sections (tips included) onto the tops of the two front legs.
2. Using two 2-inch drywall screws from behind the chair’s back, join the outermost vertical slat on either side to the butt ends of the armrests.