My multi-purposed 2x4 entry - Welsh Stick Chair

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Project by YorkshireStewart posted 01-10-2008 09:57 PM 32494 views 11 times favorited 109 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I wanted my entry to be as far away as possible from the straight lines and right angles of the 2×4 I was starting from. After much thought I came up with the idea of a Windsor style chair.

Although I have done the occasional chair, this was still very much a challenge for me as no-one in their right mind would start to make such a chair with an 8 foot length of 2” x 4” pine! Scaling a chair to fit the material available was the first challenge. The chair has ended up at 32” tall and the 12” x 16” seat is 12” off the floor, so it’s ideally suited to an older child (or small adult).

PhotobucketA different view

Photobucket Leg wedge detail

I’ve tried to give it the general style of the early Welsh Stick Chair, some of which had octagonal section legs. So, rather than the more commonplace turnings, I’ve gone for that approach. The two front arm-support sticks are also octagonal, formed with draw knife and spokeshave. The sticks were also shaped using plane, spokeshave and scraper, and I think the slight unevenness adds to the appeal. I did, however, turn the tenons for the legs on the lathe.

For speed, I have finished the chair with a water-based varnish, rubbed down between coats. Briwax will follow.

I have posted some photographs and further details of the chair’s construction here

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#1 posted 01-10-2008 10:01 PM

Well done Stewart, an excelllent piece of work from a 4 by 2, I guess there cant be much waste wood left!

good luck

-- Colin, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. "Every craftsman was once an amateur"

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#2 posted 01-10-2008 10:04 PM

Hello Colin. Here’s a wee photograph of the remaining scraps. Not a lot as you say.

Photobucket Thanks for your comments.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#3 posted 01-10-2008 10:18 PM

Amazing! Excellent Entry! Well Done!

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#4 posted 01-10-2008 10:27 PM

I’m speechless.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#5 posted 01-10-2008 10:36 PM

Outstanding work, Stewart! Wish I could go to Yorkshire and do an apprenticeship. You are good!

-- Tom, Surfside Beach, SC - Romans 8:28

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#6 posted 01-10-2008 10:45 PM

I love this chair. It is an impressive piece of work.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#7 posted 01-10-2008 10:56 PM

Great work! Fantastic little chair.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 01-10-2008 11:02 PM

I’ll say it again, fantastic work, and very inspirational.

Fantastic work!

-- Still learning everything

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#9 posted 01-10-2008 11:08 PM

Over the top Stewart! A real work of Art.Thanks for sharing the entire process with us.

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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#10 posted 01-10-2008 11:11 PM

the chair is magnificent and the setting in which it sits sets it off beautifully.
Personally, I think this will be a family treasure – especially with its amazing story that it carries already.
You are a wizard!!!

Nice 2×4

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#11 posted 01-10-2008 11:23 PM

Very nice project. Don’t think I would tackle one like this.

-- Ron, Twain Harte, Ca. Portable on site Sawmill Service

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#12 posted 01-10-2008 11:28 PM

Stewart: Congratulations on finishing. A masterpiece of engineering and construction.

A great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#13 posted 01-10-2008 11:38 PM

Awesome! Stewart, what would you estimate the time it took to build this after you passed the initial feasibility planning?

-- johnjoiner

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#14 posted 01-10-2008 11:57 PM

wow, ok I have been looking, but I haven’t seen the contest time extension request form. I think I will need 3, maybe 4 more months. What a wonderful chair, excellent work. I’m excited to see all the other entries.

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#15 posted 01-11-2008 12:00 AM

Thank you very much gentlejocks for all your comments.

Tomfran – Surfside Beach sounds much more attractive to run that apprenticeship that the North Sea coast!

Debbie – I normally like to photograph in the open air, but today it’s hardly been daylight so Mrs YS suggested the setting. When I read to her your: ”the setting in which it sits sets it off beautifully” she was delighted. Our problem will be in finding somewhere to put the chair. We already have more chairs than a doctor’s waiting room!

JohnJoiner – It took in the region of 25 hours.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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