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Folding stick chair project

From Jerry Doty
We built 3 Kentucky Stick Chairs for our grandchildren (11, 9, 4)... more below

To see the free plans for this project click here.
For the $5 downloadable version, free of ads click here.

folding chair made by Jerry Doty photo 1
folding chair made by Jerry Doty photo 2

folding chair layout pattern

From Jerry Doty
We built 3 Kentucky Stick Chairs for our grandchildren (11, 9, 4), using your paid pattern. There are several big Jake's Chairs on our dock, so we wanted lower profile chairs that could be used for dock-fishing, but otherwise would be inside for TV/games, etc.
Safety Design Change for Young Child
The Stick Chairs were quick and easy to make but we did have one design issue. Caroline is 4, and while tall and thin her legs do not touch the floor when sitting in this chair. The seat/back right angles and couplers make the Stick Chairs sturdy and comfortable, but they are VERY forward TIPPY when enter/exiting the chair. An adult, or even our older grandchildren, automatically compensate with no problem. We showed her how to enter/exit to the side which worked fine until she forgot :(. Not only did the chair tip forward, it folded up and the entire chair weight slammed into the back of her head. A few minutes of tears and a popsicle brought back her smile, but we knew we had to have a safety modification.
We tried adding 9" forward-facing feet to the inside of the two front legs, but that was not enough to prevent tipping. Ultimately, we added 17.5" legs to the outside front seat string, cutting the top flush/angles with the outside seat pieces. The front seat rod was tighten enough that the support legs follow gravity down when unfolded, but are still loose enough to fold up. After many enter/exit test, they have prevented tip-overs without further attachment. When she gets older, the two legs can easily be removed.
Finishing
We wanted bright, fun, colors but stains tend to be more house/deck conservative. We found our solution with Behr's new water-based, tint-to-paint-colors stain. We loved Behr's new Seasons, Home Decorators Collection of bright, beach-resort colors. Home Depot personnel had to custom match to the paint sample color due to the differences in stain/paint base, but they were happy to do so for ANY of their paint colors (thank you Margaret)! One 8-oz sample size was enough for two coats on a single chair. One coat gave good coverage, but we want a more painted look that would wear like a stain considering all the moving parts.
Pattern Layout
Am also passing on our cutting layout for using ONE 2x8x10 board, in case you think would be helpful (see the cutting layout above). We will make others, so did not want to forget and have to rethink it when we do more. Cutting smaller lengths first made ripping quick and easy for those of us who hobby-build.
We all LOVE our new chairs and thank you for the pattern & instructions!

To see the free plans for this project click here.
For the $5 downloadable version, free of ads click here.

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