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Select a difficulty level for this entire task (including any prerequisite instructions). The difficulty ranking reflects the experience, physical dexterity, and risk involved.

Very easy

Does not require opening device.

Easy

Requires minimal disassembly and requires only basic tools like a Phillips or flat-head screwdriver.

Moderate

Requires a fair amount of disassembly. This is a task that most people would not perform without instruction.

Difficult

Requires significant disassembly and may require specialized tasks like soldering.

Very difficult

This task is considered quite challenging, may require specialized tasks like micro-soldering, and may risk damage to the device. If you can do this, people may call you MacGyver on occasion.

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  • 1 × Band Sawoptional if you're re-sawing 1½" foam; otherwise buy ¾" foam
  • 1 × Can, 15ozYou may eat the contents, but save the can.
  • 1 × Circular sawoptional, with plywood blade
  • 1 × Drill, with drill bits and screwdriver bits
  • 1 × Drum-sander accessory for drill, 1½"–2" diameter, 60-grit paper
  • 1 × Electric knifefor cutting foam
  • 1 × Jigsawwith plywood blade
  • 1 × Pencils, (1 or 2), sharp, with erasers
  • 1 × Rachet wrench, 7/16"A manual ratchet is OK, but an accessory for your drill is faster.
  • 1 × Sander, various grits of sandpaperRandom orbit is best
  • 1 × Scissors or shears
  • 1 × Sewing machine or clothes ironfor sewing or hot-taping fabric seams
  • 1 × Staple gun
  • 1 × Plywood sheet, ½" thick, 4'×8'A-C interior grade (minimum)
  • 2 × Patio chair cushions, 4"-5" thickstock or custom. Ideally get a 22"x40" stitched-together pair; alternately, get 2 separate cushions, each 22"x20". Big-box stores carry patio cushions, and fancier cushions can be found online in lots of colors and designs for a bit more money.
  • 1 × Varnish or polyurethanespray preferred
  • 22 × Wood or drywall screws, #8×1½" flathead
  • 10 × Washers, 9/32"-5/16" ID
  • 10 × Lag bolts, ¼"×2½"
  • 1 × Fir or pine, 2"×4"×8'for cross braces
  • 1 × Fir or pine, 1"×4"×6'for arms
  • 1 × Hook and loop fastening material, 30in²like velcro
  • 1 × Fabric bonding tape, ½"-5/8" widesuch as Stitch Witchery. This is an alternative to sewing.
  • 1 × Upholstery fabric, 1yd of 54" or 60" materialMaterial for upholstery is abundant at mill outlets. I used denim for my deluxe chair, which looks good, is easy to work with, and (you guessed it) cheap.
  • 1 × Staples, (1 box), 3/8" legs
  • 1 × Thread, (1 spool), whiteoptional
  • 1 × Pillow stuffing, (4oz minimum)such as Holofil or Nature-fil, for the headrest
  • 1 × Foam, 29"×19"×1½" thick, medium densityfrom a foam store or upholstery shop. Medium density weighs about about 1lb/ft³.
  • 1 × Wooden dowel, 1" diameter, 8½" lengthfor the headrest
  • 1 × Fir or pine, 2"×2"×3'for footstool top supports
  • 1 × Foam, ¾", 7"×25"or you can re-saw 1½"-thick foam
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