‘The Stick Chair Book’ Early Adopter Digital Package

$ 25.00

Because of extreme nationwide paper shortages, the hardbound version of “The Stick Chair Book” is in a bit of limbo. Until we can get the book on press, we have decided to offer this digital package that includes a pdf of the book plus a bunch of other valuable materials for stick chair builders.

We’re calling it the “Early Adopter Digital Package” and here is what it contains:

  • A high-resolution pdf of the complete “The Stick Chair Book” – all 631 pages of it. The book contains everything you need to start building these chairs. (See the table of contents below.) Plus complete plans for five original designs: two Irish-inspired armchairs, a lowback chair, a Welsh-inspired comb-back and a Scottish-inspired comb-back.
  • A pdf containing the full-size parts for the five chairs in the book. These 22” x 34” sheets contain every seat, arm, shoe, backrest and comb needed to build the five chairs. The drawings contain all the mortise locations and sightlines needed. This pdf can be printed out at any office supply store or reprographics service. Then you can adhere them to posterboard or thin plywood and have full-size permanent patterns. (Later on this year we will sell these patterns for $20 for printed patterns or $10 for digital ones.)
  • A pdf of all the construction sheets for the five chairs in the book. These sheets were generated by mechanical designer Joshua Cook and contain a higher level of detail. Each chair has four 22” x 34” sheets that show all the components in a variety of views. If you have an engineering mindset, these plans will be especially useful.

You will receive all the digital files at checkout. They are free of DRM (digital rights management).

When the physical book is released (later this year), this digital-only early adopter package will end forever. At that time, we will sell “The Stick Chair Book” like we normally sell a new title.

Here is the table of contents for “The Stick Chair Book.”

Preface    2
Introduction    8

Part I: Thinking About Chairs
For Those About to Rock, We Dispute You    22
Wood for Stick Chairs    28
Tool Kit for Stick Chairs    50
Stick Chairs & Windsors: A Tiny History    88
The Sticktionary    98
The Black (no Red!) Book of Chairmaking    116

Part II: Chairmaking Techniques
Make & Shape the Seat    124
Leg-to-Seat Joinery    148
Make & Tenon the Legs    168
Make the Stretchers    204
Arms & Hands    230
Check, Check, Check    254
Drill the Arm & Seat for Sticks    258
Make & Shape the Sticks    278
Saddle the Seat    304\
Wedges    324
Gluing Tools    336
Assemble the Undercarriage    342
Assemble the Uppercarriage    352
Make the Comb or Backrest    366
Level the Legs    386
Make Pretty    398
Chair Finishes    404
Chair Comfort & Design    428

Part III: 5 Chair Plans
Simple Irish-y Armchair    454
Curved Back Armchair    470
Lowback Stick Chair    490
Reconsider Paint    510
Six-stick Comb-back    514
Comb-back with Bent Armbow    534
Chairs & Crapitalism    560

Appendices
Commonly Asked Questions    566
2 Finish Recipes    592
Wood Strength Formulas    600
Sharpen Chairmaking Tools    604

Bibliography    618
Acknowledgments    620


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