Design Review Part 1: Tripod Chair

Fabrication Plans

For the fabrication process, I plan on buying the materials needed which will be listed below. Once I have all materials purchased, I plan to start fabrication by drilling hole through each wooden dowel so that I can insert the bolts though them to create the structure for the legs. After this, I’ll assemble the legs together by running the hanger bolt through one dowel followed by the eye bolt and then another dowel. Then through the eye bolt, insert the last dowel and fasten together using hex bolts. Once, that is finished, I’ll screw in the eye screws at the top of each dowel so that I can weave the paracord through them. To create the seat I want to use a single piece of 25ft paracord and weave it through the eye screws.


  •  3x 24″ Wooden Dowels
  • 3x eye screws
  • 1x Hanger Bolt
  • 1x Eye Bolt
  • 25ft paracord
  • 2x hex nut

Aesthetic Plans

For my aesthetic, I want to go a “camping” or a “utilitarian” aesthetic. I plan on achieving this by using a simple but rugged look when creating my project. I want to use plain looking materials that will give the look of “what you see is what you get”. With this vision, I can create the utilitarian look. The paracord I plan on using will be a tan-ish, green-ish color which should add to the camping look. The wooden dowels add to the whole camping look as well as wood is generally a material that is used often when camping. Overall the design will be a straightforward design with not a lot of small details but rather big details that better capture my desired aesthetic. The design will look similar to the picture below but insead of a leather seat, it’ll feature a paracord woven seat.

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  • Benjamin Chang
    March 18, 2020 11:10 am


    I like the simplicity and foldable aesthetic, I like how you’ve consider not only how you sit in a chair but how you are integrated with it. From moving it, setting it up, and sitting, I like how you’ve created something that can make sitting more fun. One consideration I would have may be finding a way possible keep the legs in the ground, possible a rubberized bottom or even a added spike mount for grass and dirt. Overall though Bryan I think this is a cool project and I hope it goes well!

  • I like your choice of project I think it will serve a really good purpose. It is small which is always great for camping and other outings because it will be easy to carry. It could be cool to consider making like a bag for it to make it easy to move around.

  • Benjamin Robles
    March 18, 2020 11:07 am

    Presentation comments:

    Comments of meaning – I love the you are using paracord to knit the seat, which gives it a neat “warm” look to it and at the same time you can cut it and use it for emergency use.

    Ben R.

  • Patrick Bodine-Ellison
    March 18, 2020 11:03 am

    I like your choice to go with a functional piece here! Wire art is nice but I wouldn’t imagine that it would get a lot of use compared to a chair like this. I haven’t seen paracord wrapping used like that for a seat, I’m unsure of how comfortable it would be for sitting and I would recommend doing some testing before the final piece comes together.


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