KID SIZE Kentucky Stick Chair

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Project by woodpezzer posted 10-13-2012 10:50 PM 19892 views 14 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built a Kentucky Stick Chair last June and wow it is comfy! I thought it would be cool to make a couple in kid size too for my adorable nephews. They make plans for a kid size Adirondake chair so why not this one?

Pic 1: Unfolding the chair
Pic 2: Ready for action
Pic 3: He likes it!
Pic 4: Adult and kid size
Pic 5: Cable end detail
Pic 6: Testing the comfy factor

Wood used: 5/4 treated deck boards. One 10 foot 5/4 X 6 and one 8 foot 5/4 X 6 yields two kid size stick chairs. Cable is 3/32 stainless steel with a load rate of 184 lbs.

The adult chair was made from ordinary 2 X 2’s with Teak Oil finish. I like the treated lumber better.

I made a few minor changes to the plan: 1) round the top ends of the back and the front ends of the seat. 2) drill ¼ hole ½ deep next to the cable holes on the outer sticks. Cable frays and is extremely sharp so if it’s tucked back into the wood, it won’t snag on your pants or worse, your skin!

Plans for the original adult size chair are here:
You’ll need to visit the site to get instructions on how to assemble the chair but here is a cut list to make it in KID size.

1 X 1 ¼ sticks cut to lengths:

a) 6 sticks 11 ¼
b) 2 sticks
26 ¼
c) 4 sticks 23 5/8
d) 2 sticks
22 3/8
e) 2 sticks 31 ½
f) 9 sticks
6 7/8

Change cable hole placement:

a & b) 1 1/8” and 9”
c, d & e) 1 1/8” and 18 ¾”
f) 1” from both ends

Special thanks to LJ member, eddie for posting his stick chair. I saw it and just had to give it a go! Check it out:

It only takes an afternoon to make one of these cool chairs, cost is minimal and the reward is high. Now I’m off to finish the second chair.

Thanks for looking!

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#1 posted 10-13-2012 11:19 PM

Looks like a fun project, Nice work.


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#2 posted 10-14-2012 03:40 AM

Looks like a hit! Thanks for posting the link and adjusted kid size dimensions.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#3 posted 10-14-2012 05:02 AM

a1Jim, I really enjoyed making this –watching my nephew play with it was fun too. Thanks so much!

Mark Shymanski, You’re very welcome. I’ve learned a lot here so it’s nice to give back a little. Thank you!

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#4 posted 10-15-2012 03:44 AM

Man I really need to take a look at those plans. I love the kid size one and your idea of tucking the wire back into the wood.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#5 posted 10-15-2012 04:28 AM

rdjack21, BuildEazy has a You Tube video showing how to put the chair together. I found it very helpful in understanding placement of all the sticks. I made the first chair in June and when building the kid size, it went like a breeze without needing a refresher. Like riding a bike, I suppose. Thanks so much!

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#6 posted 10-16-2012 03:06 AM

Woodpezzer thanks for the heads up on the YouTube video. I’m going to have to make one now after watching that.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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#7 posted 12-01-2012 02:51 AM

Just thought I’d throw a suggestion out there for anyone that finds this.

I thought this looked like an awesome project (that I could actually do), but I wanted to keep the chairs outside and I didn’t want to use treated wood for furniture that my kids might chew on (literally). Unfortunately, something like cedar, usually comes in about 11/16” thick dimensions where I live. Since it looks like the author’s chair is basically 75% of all the dimensions, I tried to do this with about 66% of all the dimensions using 1” x 4” x 8’ (actually 11/16” x 3 1/2” x 8’) cedar and it worked out really well. Sticks were cut to 1” x 11/16” and lengths were:

a – 10”
b – 23 5/16”
c – 21”
d – 19 13/16”
e – 28”
f – 6 1/16”

Holes drilled at:

a & b – 1”, 8”
c, d, & e – 1”, 16 11/16”
f – 13/16” from each end

I used all-thread (labeled “8 – 32 – 3 ft”) and fancy looking end nuts to hold it all together. I think the all-thread label means 8 gauge, 32 threads/inch, and 3 feet long (that might be obvious to everyone else). I bought everything I needed from Lowes (in the US).

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#8 posted 12-01-2012 02:59 AM

I should mention, that everything also seems to work out okay when adding a couple slats to make the chair wider. The original design calls for 8 seat and back sticks (parts a-e) and 9 sticks to join them (part f) for a total of 17 sticks wide. You can add one each of the normal-sized seat, back, and joining sticks (a, c, and f) to the 66% design I posted above to make the whole thing closer to the correct width. It would end up 19 sticks wide.

I’m going to try to make an adult sized chair from the same material by adding lots of sticks to the width. I would cut the cedar boards to 1 1/2” x 11/16” and it will end up being about 29 – 31 sticks wide with the cedar. I’ll post results here if it turns out well. My main concern is that the 4 “leg” sticks (b and e) won’t be sturdy enough with such thin boards.

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#9 posted 02-18-2013 10:28 PM

nice job on em ,love the kid size one too . going to make a few in that size thanks for the mention and thanks for sharing didnt see this when you posted was looking at a nother LJs favorites and he had yours great job

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