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Tank Chair

By j-michael
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I built this chair last semester. Inspired by working at an equipment rental store. It is what I feel to be the strongest (design wise) piece I have made.
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Canon EOS 20D
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1/60 second
Focal Length
25 mm
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Date Taken
Nov 18, 2005, 12:33:45 AM
© 2006 - 2021 j-michael
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messiah-of-death's avatar
ohh i wants, make me one, lol, or sell it to ikea, lol
JTonks's avatar
What a unique design. you know what would make it even better? make it powered so u can steer your way around while relaxing
SubZenyth's avatar
Awesome concept! I worked for a furniture company for a while, but everything we made was very rigid and traditional. I love this idea of something kinetic, but not obnoxiously so.
skinkwarrior's avatar
seems like sitting in that chair would be a futile effort
bear48's avatar
This is so bazar. I love it
Shikamarugirl7's avatar
oh wow, this is really interesting, may I use this in a collage if I credit you
me-is-morn's avatar
umm, if u move it, and someones sitting on it, wouldnt the person get rolled of?forwards, cause theres nothing to keep them 'upright'
Jenzay's avatar
Ooh, neat chair! I want one~ :D Great job, :+fav:
flytape8490's avatar
Is it comfortable?
It looks it...
wilsoninc's avatar
amazing! :D i love it! :D i like when people can do things with hands more than pc works :D
j-michael's avatar
I messed up a little on that post.

Okay, to expound upon that everything I make is fully functional. I design and build furniture. It is there first to serve a purpose and then to look good.

2. Is it full size? Is it too narrow?
It is full size. It is slightly narrower than I had originally planned, but it is still slightly wider than the average chair. It is 18 inches wide. The average dining chair is 15-16. I find the chair shokingly comfortable. The day I finished it I actually took a nap in it. It is a little short under your legs, but at a seat height of 14 inches, your legs still support most of the weight of your thighs. I am 6'2" and the only people who have found it uncomfortable are under 5' 4" or so.

3. Does it get dirty when you "Drive it"?
I never intended it to be pushed any great distance. The way it moves is more like a wierd rocking chair, when you sit in it you can rock back and forth/up and down about 6 inches.

4. Production? For sale?
I do hope to one day produce these is small batches (less than 20), I don't feel though that it is quite at that level yet. I will be making another one for sure. The design will change to allow more use of off the shelf parts. As it is the chair takes about 120-140 hours to make. That means the price would be over 4000 dollars. Expect to see some 3-d renderings within the next month of the new design. I also want to work on the ergonomics to make it more of a universal fit. On a side note, If you seriously want wall, get a hold of me.

I will end with once again another thank you to all of you for all the compliments.
j-michael's avatar
Thanks to all of you and to Deviant Art for the DD. I'm personally shocked at the response this chair has receieved. To answer the few questions that I remember.

1. How is it "linked" together?
The slats all have holes through them through which I ran aircraft cable. The chair will easily support any single person. To expound
upon this
Lilithia's avatar
It looks comfortable, but is it small? Minature? So you can't sit on it?
brda's avatar
That's awesome! Looks so comfy :D
pinkandyellow's avatar
I saw this last night and had to come back to tell you how great it is as it looks so cool.
augustc4's avatar
so what's the verdict, how does it feel when you take a seat?
one-relic's avatar
Like a chair with wooden slats... duh August... rofl
Naw, I'm like you, I'm wondering what the comfort level is. Seems like it'd be a killer chair to sit and relax in whilst working on my laptop.
augustc4's avatar
I've sat in similar chairs and they RULED, but this design is quite a bit different :D
KumikoEharu's avatar
Does it really move? Cuz, that would so rock.... I would so buy one. Nice job and very inventive ^_^!
Plagueish's avatar
Now, to design one that is Reclinable! That Chair could very easily be turned into a Recliner.
-ultima-'s avatar
i want one. with a motor.
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