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Metal "Hames Chairs"
made these old fashioned metal "Hames chairs" for our neighbors who use them every day in their farm home. Hames form the legs of the chairs. I used three of them in all. The mild steel seat is off an old hay rake and was badly rusted. I welded a 3/16-in. thick, 4-in. dia. steel plate to the bottom of the seat, then welded the hames to the plate.
  To secure the hames to each other and keep them from spreading, I used 3/16-in. thick mild steel plate gussets, located about 3 in. under the seat. To stop the two front legs from spreading I used 3/8-in. dia. rod tack welded to the hames about 4 in. from the bottom. My neighbor is 6 ft. 6 in. and weighs 240 lbs., but the chairs don't even flex under his weight. They're extremely comfortable. (Wally Bunt, Rt. 7, Hwy. 61 4093, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada P7C 5V5 ph 807 475-9161)

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2004 - Volume #28, Issue #5