The experiment will have a couple of different facets:
1st - Can I build stout chairs out of pine from the home center?
Laminated wood for the seats and backs, and construction lumber for the legs. My past Welsh stick chairs have had solid seats of elm and either ash or oak legs. I'm pretty sure I could stand and jump up and down on them with no negative effects. These chairs, I suspect will be plenty strong to sit on, but probably not bombproof for the ages.
2nd - Can this style of chair be updated to look at home with more modern decor?
I plan on using more clean lines than some of the old chairs with all the swirly piercings, but there will be a nod to their heritage. Maybe it will look good, maybe not.
3rd - Can I actually get these chairs built in June this year?
This style of chair should theoretically be simpler to build with flat pine seats and staked legs than sculpted elm seats, but you never know. This is me we're talking about. My last one day project took seven days. My intent is to build a simple pair of chairs. Will they end up that way?
My actual plan is to build two matching chairs that are only subtly different. One for the desk, and one for lounging.
I bought plenty of lumber and hauled it home in the usual fashion: in my carrito de abuelita on the bus. I bought three 44mm x 44mm x 240cm boards for leg stock. I got the stuff that had the straightest grain. There are a few knots, and for the most part when I cut them into leg parts, I only have a couple of knots to deal with that I think will not cause too many problems. If they do, I have lots more.
|Cutting the leg stock to length.|
|Squaring two faces.|
Let me know how your June chair is coming along. I'd love to see it, and I'll post links to your photos. I am afraid that the bar will be set high this year, as Greg is building a daring plywood back stool on his blog, the Hillbilly Daiku.