Robyn’s 1×2 stick chair project by Les Kenny
Robyn’s second build. Robyn’s first ever build was a large picnic table which can be seen here. She must have got a taste for woodworking projects because soon after she came back to make two stick chairs. One from a previous plan, and the second from a plan designed especially for her – a similar chair but made solely out of 1″ x 2″ (25mm x 50mm) wood.
The plans and instructions for this project can be seen HERE. – 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.
My first ever experience in woodworking was really fun and super easy. A huge picnic table no less! ‘Measure well and take it slow’ is my advice to woodwork newbies!
Whilst working on my first project, I spied an intriguing looking folding chair. I really liked its modern look and Les suggested that I should have a go at making one.
The chair I made was constructed from narrow stick ripped from wider board, and if I followed the original pattern, the results would have been a chair too narrow to sit on comfortably. We ended up modifying the pattern by adding an extra centre piece to the back, front, and seat, to make it wider. Once the pieces were cut to size and holes drilled, assembly was very quick and straightforward.
The second chair was cut and assembled to the original pattern. As this was my second try, it was straightforward and quick to assemble and secure. Cut the pieces to required lengths, mark and drill holes for threading then wire it all up. The fun part is unfolding the chair after assembly. It looks complicated but is a very easy make.
Now I have two (sort of) matching folding chairs. Slim and wide version, both very comfortable. My fellow flat dwellers Iove sitting in them on summer evenings in our shares backyard.
Overall, a very practical and satisfying project that anyone could tackle with the right tools.
A sequence of photos
Ripping the pieces out of 1×6.
Cutting the pieces to length.
Marking the pieces.
Marking the drill holes.
Drilling the holes.
Wire being thread.
More wire being thread.
Laying one on top of the other.
Tieing it all together.
Look! It opened up.
Trimming the wire.
Holding the wire with screws.
Let’s put in another screw.
I’ve made two of them.
Not bad eh?