Welsh Stick Chair

If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at building a chair, this handsome Welsh stick chair is the perfect project to get you started on your journey.

There are a few areas of woodworking that are categories on their own. Chairmaking is one of those practices. In the past, a woodworker could make a living specializing in building chairs. But the need for simpler everyday chairs, instead of formal seating, drove several styles of chairs built by general furniture makers. Here’s one of those styles — a Welsh stick chair. One of the defining features of a Welsh stick chair is the simple construction. While fancier types of chairs, such as Windsor chairs, feature a variety of steam bending and turning, the Welsh chair is a utilitarian piece. Its legs are usually faceted instead of turned. The back rail is cut from a segmented blank instead of bent, and the joints are all basic construction — a round tenon fitting into a round mortise. It’s quick to make and lasts a long time. These changes made the chair more economical to build for the average furniture maker. A lathe wasn’t required to turn the legs — a handplane created the facets. Instead of turning tenons on a lathe, a reamer and tenon cutter took care of the joinery. Even though I’ve talked about the simplification of the building process, that doesn’t mean this chair won’t present a few challenges. Not to worry however. A few, basic chair-building fundamentals are all you need to get started.



What You Get:

  • 21 pages of step-by-step instructions
  • Over 70 full-color photos and illustrations and exploded views
  • Hardware sources and materials list

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