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Extract from DIY Furniture 2 • By Christopher Stuart • Published by Laurence King

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DIY Furniture 2
Niccolò Spirito
This chair was the first object that Niccolò made with PVC tubes. ‘I’ve always seen these PVC tubes and their connectors as objects capable of more versatile solutions, using them solely for drainage seemed a waste of their potential.’
He bought some lengths of the PVC and some fittings, and after playing with the material, he realized that they lent themselves to various constructions. ‘They looked better than Lego.’
The decision to build objects was immediate. The chair and table were born, and with them the idea of bringing 
a material back to life again.
The colour of PVC drainpipe varies depending on whether it’s used indoors or outdoors, as well as what country it is made in. You can choose to keep it in its moulded colour or simply spray with a unique colour.

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  • How to make a chair. Diablo Chair - Step 1
    Step 1

    Cut the PVC to the 
following lengths:
    Three x 600mm (part D)
    One x 510mm (part E)
    Four x 400mm (part F)

  • How to make a chair. Diablo Chair - Step 2
    Step 2

    Use PVC cleaner to clean all the PVC ends where they meet.
    Using PVC glue, attach the following parts as shown (dry fit all parts first):
    Join three 600mm tubes (part D) and six Ts (part B), making sure both Ts are even.
    Join two 400mm tubes (part F) and two elbows (part A).
    Join two 400mm tubes (part E) and two Ts (part B).

  • How to make a chair. Diablo Chair - Step 3
    Step 3

    Use packing tape to tape one end of a scrap piece of PVC.

    Make two of these and use them to plug the female ends of the tube (this is to keep the expanding foam from filling these areas).

    Fill the tubes with expanding foam, cutting the excess off flush 
with a handsaw.

    Remove the scrap pieces.

  • How to make a chair. Diablo Chair - Step 4
    Step 4

    Use PVC cleaner to clean all the PVC ends where they meet.
    Using PVC glue, assemble the seat and back as shown.
    Join two previously assembled double-T units to make the seat.
    Join the two remaining elbows (part A), two sleeves (part C), 
and the remaining previously assembled double-T unit as shown.

  • Step 5

    Use PVC cleaner, then glue and assemble the legs and
join the seat and back as shown, taking care to ensure
all parts are level and even.

  • How to make a chair. Diablo Chair - Step 6
    Step 6

    Allow the glued joints to dry overnight.
    Paint your favourite colour, sit and enjoy!

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