How to make a sturdy, useful flip-over chair (1955)

Flip it forward or back

Either way, a sturdy, useful chair for outdoors

by William E Whitlock – Director, Woman’s Day Workshop

This flip-over chair — in the original Hudson Valley version of the 1870s or our colorful adaptation (opposite) — offers the fun of choosing between two seats with a quick flip of a finger.

flip-over chair-vintage-design-1955

How to make this chair

Lumber needed: 10 1/2 feet of 3/4″ x 11 1/2″ pine shelving; 10 feet of 3/4″ x 1 5/8″ pine stripping

Easy, fast, costs $3.75 to make. Cut, following diagrams. Glue and nail on pieced sections as shown. Glue and nail sides and seats to back.

Use wood filler in nail holes. Sand smooth with medium sandpaper. Mix shellac with alcohol 50-50 for primer. Dry; apply 2 coats outdoor enamel.

Flip-over chair DIY 1955

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