Ski ReDo – Summer Lounger

Post by blogger | August 8, 2013      

Lou's new office chair? Joe whipped this up in his spare time, quite relaxing and being in close contact with skis reminds of backcountry skiing days to come.

Cleaning out our attic always produces piles of old skis, backcountry and frontcountry. Some are kept for sentimental value, others mysteriously hid in the attic for a decade even though they’re junk. Like, what was Lou thinking when he kept these? It’s a shame to send the boards to the landfill so we’re always on the lookout for clever recycling ideas.


25 years ago, Lou used Head 360's for our garden gate and it's held up well.

This summer, ingenious Joe surprised us with a chair for our back deck. It’s heavy but comfy. I’ve enjoying a number of sunny afternoons lounging in it’s cradle. Here’s how he did it:


Side view of Joe's lounger which has two parts that come apart for easy moving or storage.


Bottom view.


Top view.

We still have scads of old skis. The pile grows faster than our grass. WildSnowers — chime in with your ideas for clever projects using old skis. Lou likes it when I add items to his honey-do list.

Our friend, Bernhard sent us the following photos along with an interesting link:

Hi Lou,
Just saw the furniture made of skis on WildSnow. This exists in Europe too. Attached some I build myself… the bench is made of skis only, the chair and table use the elements of “biergarten” furniture. It’s great to see more doing it, great way to recycle and to show the love for skiing. There’s even a guy in Austria who sells his stuff: Skimoebel.
Cheers & best,


Chair by Bernhard.


Bernhard's patio set.


Ski bench in Austria.


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10 Responses to “Ski ReDo – Summer Lounger”

  1. Aaron A August 8th, 2013 10:54 am

    Bench. I had an old one with cast iron ends, but the wooden slats had disintegrated in the weather. So, old skis became the new slats. I had to cut off the tips, but those became hooks/hangers in my garage.

  2. pete anzalone August 8th, 2013 10:54 am

    Reduce, reuse, …. Made a K2 “TN-seat” back in 2000 to commemorate 50 years of the Holland House Ski Lodge (since razed) in Aspen Colo. Sorry no pic.

  3. matt August 8th, 2013 11:08 am

    we’ve used old skis as coat hangers in a ski house. cut to various lengths and screwed to a door in a “fan” pattern. hang coats from the tips.

  4. Lisa Dawson August 8th, 2013 11:53 am

    Great ideas! If you want to share a photo, send it to the email address listed in “Contact,” upper right hand tab on this website. I’ll download it and add it to your comment.

  5. Rob August 8th, 2013 12:58 pm

    This may be the only(?) of no more “straight” skis . . . the new shapes really don’t fit together very well as building materials.

  6. Joe August 8th, 2013 1:37 pm

    Rob, today’s sticks are even easier:
    You just need 2 skis instead of 3 skinny ones and only require 4 cuts on a 2×4.
    They also take way less time.

    Have fun and cheers!

  7. Lisa Dawson August 8th, 2013 2:37 pm

    Our friend, Bernhard, sent in pics from EU which I added to the post. Thanks Bernhard!

  8. Brian August 8th, 2013 4:13 pm

    Shot skis. Lots and lots of shot skis.

  9. Toby G August 8th, 2013 6:33 pm

    Volkl P9’s, I loved those skis

  10. Halsted August 10th, 2013 4:57 pm

    That picture of what you did with the Head 360’s makes me want to cry. Head 360’s were the first set of skis I ever bought with my own money as a teenager.

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