Chair Making Design/Build

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Designing and building a good chair is, perhaps, the epitome of furniture making. Here's your chance to give it a try. In this 2 week course, you can design and build your own chair, starting with a “mock up” a full-scale model and proceeding on through the construction of the finished piece. Or use the time to build a more complex chair from an existing set of plans. The choice is yours! Either way, You’ll become well-versed in chair joinery techniques, especially mortise and tenon, and a variety of seat-making methods including slatted, woven, sculpted, and upholstered.

Please note that the second week of this course may be open to other students building chairs from pre-existing plans.


Woodworking and Craft


Beginner, Intermediate


  • Sterling College: 2 Continuing Education Units ($260 additional)

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