Neena’s stick chair project by Les Kenny
Neena’s first build. Neena came to build a folding stick chair – not for herself but as a gift for a friend of hers who was moving into her first house. She was a real rip into it type person – Once started she wouldn’t come up for a breath until the job was done. Marvelous. Neena used existing BuildEazy plans for her project. The plans and instructions can be seen here www.buildeazy.com/stickchair-1.html . See her story below, followed by a sequence of photos, and at the end of the page is a comments section if you would like to add your tuppence worth.
This is an article in the ‘Novice Women Woodworkers‘ series.
Saw an add for a novice workshop for woman to build something out of wood and thought it would be an excellent opportunity to make something along with some expert guidance.
I owned an electric drill that really didn’t get used much, so jumped at the chance to build a gorgeous chair that he suggested would be perfect for my first project. I wanted to make this for a dear friend who was moving into a new home and needed a special chair to have her morning coffee in. She was delighted with this treasure that will last forever.
The plans were straight forward and far easier to build than I could’ve ever imagined. It was a delight working with Les who is a real character that made my nerves diminish making this a fun workshop.
He was a great and patient mentor, making me realize my potential was far greater than I had ever given myself credit for. So much so, I decided to make something for me, needing a cupboard in my laundry to fit into a 26cm gap and all the cupboards were 40cm.
So I can tick off: hand drill, drop saw, drill (holes).
Now I’ve done that it has spurred me on and setting my sights onto greater challenges like a veggie patch or bar made out of pallets. I now have the confidence & skills to build almost anything.
A sequence of photos
All the pieces cut and marked.
The holes drilled.
Threading the wire.
Aligning for more wire threading.
Wire in, now let’s see what happens.
Look! Its opening up.
Now we’ll tighten it a little…
And the same with the top.
Cutting off the excess wire.
Trimming and holding the wire with screws… that’s about it.
I made it and it’s all mine.