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Impossible 2 Legged Chair Build

John Malecki

Impossible 2 Legged Chair Build

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Jun 19, 2020

I noticed you guys really loved my video on building my impossible floating table. This inspired me to try another “impossible” build, so I did a little digging on the internet and found a video from Zach King that blew my mind. In one part of the video, this optical illusion mastermind sat back on a 2 legged chair. Utterly awed by this, I decided to build two of these impossible floating chairs for myself. 

So follow me as I take on this seemingly impossible challenge! If you’re following along at home or want to try it out for yourself, be sure to take a look at my step-by-step instructions below.

two-legged chair build

Impossible 2 Legged Chair Build: Project Overview

Challenging DIY Wood Project for Builders Everywhere

metal frame being welded
  1. Weld a metal frame for the chair
  2. Attach the wood to the metal skeleton of the chair
  3. Stain the chair
  4. Make a metal seat pan and a metal back
  5. Put it all together
  6. Make it float

What You’ll Need

person drilling into piece of metal

Tools 

Materials

  • Paper
  • Clear Epoxy
  • Ambrosia maple slabs
  • Metal
  • Veneer

Impossible 2 Legged Chair Build: The Step-by-Step

Weld a metal frame for the chair

person with gloved hands welding metal

If you use a wood joint for the chair, it will be too weak to stay supported on only two legs. So, you’re going to want to grab some metal and a helmet and start welding it down. 

Attach the wood to the metal skeleton of the chair

man varnishing metal

Once you have finished welding down the metal, you will need to paint the wood with veneer and epoxy it to the metal. Before starting, you can also clean the wood off with some acetone. To make the piece appear uniform, you can flush down any overhangs. After you epoxy the wood to the metal, remember to clamp down the pieces while they dry.   

Stain the chair

person in black shirt working in woodshop

I personally hate maple, which is why I chose to stain my chair. If you didn’t use maple or you don’t share my same disgust toward the material as I do, you can still stain the chair to make it look nice. I decided to go with black for my chair. 

Make a metal seat pan and a metal back

welding tool

Because it is a fake metal chair, you’re going to make a metal seat pan and a metal back. Bring out your welding tools and drill to create two metal sheets for the job. Remember to drill in holes where you can screw in nails to connect the sheets to the base of the chair. 

Put it all together 

two legged chair

After you finish welding the seat pan and back, it is time to assemble your chair. But before you do that, there is one extra step you need to complete.

Make it float

Making Float

So, how did I manage to create a working 2-legged chair? By drilling it into the ground. 


Thanks for checking out this build! If you liked it, be sure to check out some of my other recent projects:

Download the Plan

Want to try this build out for yourself? Download the digital plan now for step-by-step instructions, measurements, and a detailed look at how to punch this project in the face.

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John Malecki

I used to be an offensive lineman in the NFL, Now I run my own furniture business and am completely self taught. In my videos and posts you'll see a variety of wood and metal work as well as some tips and tricks. Enjoy!