Welsh Stick Chair

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Project by Pat3 posted 12-10-2021 08:47 PM 938 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This took a lot longer than it should have. I was having analysis paralysis about how to drill the angled holes thru the arm bow. Finally figured it out and the build went along quickly after that. Except for saddling the seat, this was my first chair in oak and it definitely put a strain on me and my hand tools.
The legs are white oak, the rest is red oak and the finish is T&T BLO/Beeswax.

I forgot to mention that I made a 5/8” scraper for the dowels, which made scraping the sticks so much faster than what I had done on my previous chairs. It was just an old card scraper I modified, you can see it in the last picture.

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#1 posted 12-10-2021 08:55 PM

That is a good looking chair. Nice work.

-- Ron

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#3 posted 12-10-2021 10:04 PM

Great looking chair !

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#4 posted 12-10-2021 10:05 PM

Beautiful chair! Someday I will build a chair like this

-- Jerry H - Holland Michigan

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#5 posted 12-10-2021 11:47 PM

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#6 posted 12-11-2021 12:34 AM

Thanks guys, appreciate the kind words.

I am looking forward to making another Welch Stick Chair with a little bit different style.
I should say that the dowels are 5/8”. All the wood, except for the Comb came from my neighbor.

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#7 posted 12-11-2021 01:48 AM

Klaus Rudy and Schwarz on their chair chats would find nothing to make fun of here, Nice work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 12-11-2021 02:50 AM

Looks good, really fine work.
I can understand, you needed some thinking.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#9 posted 12-11-2021 04:56 AM

Wow, Pat! Beautiful!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#10 posted 12-11-2021 06:09 AM

Swirt, I enjoy those chair chats, pretty funny stuff.

Smitty always good to hear from you, thank you my friend.

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#11 posted 12-11-2021 10:24 AM

Well done!

-- Petey

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#12 posted 12-11-2021 04:00 PM

Those chairs are all fun and games til you get to the seat I bet. Can’t imagine the hand and wrist workout shaping that seat. Good on you for persevering! I usually stop after I make the legs…

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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#13 posted 12-11-2021 04:32 PM

Nice chair, I’m working on one right now.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#14 posted 12-11-2021 04:48 PM

Thanks again guys for the comments.

Saddling the seat was the most time consuming effort, it was my first time working an oak seat, not sure if I would want to do that again. I really enjoy using hand tools but my hands aren’t what they used to be, so I had to take more breaks than usual.

Bondo, good luck with your chair, looking forward to seeing your results.

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#15 posted 12-19-2021 07:27 AM

Chair looks great. Oak must have been a workout to saddle. How did you workout drilling the holes consistently?

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