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I just finished these Stick Chairs I made for two boys. They are made out of SYP and Oak. One set of legs was made from white oak firewood, the other oak parts are red oak.
They were inspired by pictures of Welsh Sick Chairs I've found online.

The finish is amber shellac which I'm not happy with because of the blotchiness where the finish is of uneven thickness. I'm just going to let it ride for now.

It was a fun project I got to use a lot of hand tools on. Even though I have a lathe I shaped the legs with hand planes, a spoke shave followed by sanding because I wanted to give it a very subtle beveled look. The round tenons were turned on the lathe.

The seats are carved with carving gouges then scraped and sanded.

I drilled the holes by hand and by eye with a bit and brace. They are wedged and glued in place. I reinforced the back with some hand whittled "wooden nails".

The chairs are pretty straight forward to make and are very strong. Adults can sit on them with no problem.

Hope this serves at inspiration to anyone else that wants to make some kids chairs and is looking for a simple but functional design.

Thanks for looking!

Mauricio

Here are a few more progress shots.













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Those are TOO COOL!

Any kid would love to have them!
 

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Thanks Joe!

I've added a few progress shots above.
 

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Those are great
A real nice hand tool build
Must have been a satisfying build
Jamie
 

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Freakin' sweet! Love them!
 

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I've never made anything the even approached that "handmade" feel of those chairs. Nice job buddy.
 

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Wonderful work. I would struggle getting the angle right with power tools let alone hand tools. I am sure your sons will appreciate them.
 

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Awesome bench shots, Mauricio!
I love the lil chairs, too! :)
 

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The chairs are really awesome Mauricio, then you add in the fact that theyre hand tool made, gettouuttaaaheeeaar!!

Youve achieved galoot level: ninja.
 

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Fantastic!!
 

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Sweet! Great design and execution!
 

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Nice chairs. Nice workbench too.
 

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Very nice. I am inspired to copy your very same design and make a couple for my boys.

How many coats of the Shellac did you put on? I have used the Zinsser Bullseye shellac many times and I know what you are talking about with the blotching. I have found that sanding after the first coat with 220 grit paper and applying another light coat helps prevent the blotching… I have noticed the blotching most when using the finish on SYP. I continue to use the amber shellac because it is my favorite finish for SYP. I really like the darker color that it turns the pine.

Great job on the chairs
 

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Wow Maur! Those are really good.
 

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HERMOSAS "SAM" MAURI!!!!!!!
BUEN DISEÑO Y BUEN USO DE ESE WORKBENCH
MARAVILLOSO QUE TE HAS CONSTRUÍDO :)
 

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Those are so cool. I love seeing that bench of your in action.
 

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Thanks everyone for the kind comments.

Monte, the angled are surprisingly easy to get right doing it this way and any slight variation in angle is not noticeable. That's true for the legs anyway.
The back rest needs to be pretty close but then again any small variation can be adjusted for in the recess you cut for the curved part of the back rest. Just pare down a little more here and there. The other good part, there is no drill press jig to store away afterwards.

Stef, Ninja huh? I like it, we should come up with a name for every level of galootness. Lol.

I did use some power tools but only when cutting the curves on the seat and back rest. I used the lathe for the tenons but those are also easily done with a drawknife. That's the way I did it on my saw bench.


Dan, I was thinking of you when I went with Amber Shellac. I wanted to add color and any stain would have been too dark on the exposed end grain of the carved seat so I went with shellac.
I also used the Zinsser stuff, I put it on full strength for the first coat but then sanded with 400. The following two coats where thinned down 50/50 wit DNA. Do you sand it all the way back with 220 or just enough to even it out? Also what do you use to apply it? I used a piece of cotton undershirt for the first coat and a foam brush for the following coats. I did stat to get better results once I got the hang of it.
Dan you should try these chairs man! You have a bunch of kids so I would definitely consider making a jig to the tappers on the bandsaw if you want them beveled.

I intended to do the legs on the lathe. But when I went to knock the corners off at the bench beforehand, it went so fast taking heavy shavings that I just went ahead and finished it with the planes.

Kova, gracias hermano, me falta mucho para llegar al nivel de 'Sam' ja ja ja.

I'm glad you guys liked the workbench action shots, I know I like seeing those shots from others so i figured I'd throw them in. :)
 
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