Summer Youth: Build a Clever Chair (Ages 12-16)

Woodworking, Youth

Summer Youth: Build a Clever Chair (Ages 12-16)

Get woodworking experience as you build a sturdy but elegant deck chair with an ingenious design.


Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Mon, 7/22/2024 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  2. Tue, 7/23/2024 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  3. Wed, 7/24/2024 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
  4. Thur, 7/25/2024 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Mon, 7/22/2024 - Thur, 7/25/2024


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Class, Summer Youth, Youth Ages 12-14, Youth Ages 14-16, No Prerequisite

Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio

General Woodworking


The seat and back on this chair are separate pieces that slide together and interlock to become a chair. If you want to pop the chair into a car before a picnic or stow it away for winter, you can separate the sections without any tools, leaving two nearly flat, easy-to-carry pieces.

Learn how the properties of wood influenced the design details of this chair. Then lay out the parts and use a variety of power tools to cut and smooth the legs and the slats. You'll attach the slats to the legs with screws.


  • Ages 12-16.
  • Skill level: Beginner.
  • Wear safety glasses and closed-toe shoes, tie back long hair, and avoid loose-fitting clothing and jewelry.
  • We recommend bringing your own safety glasses.
  • Bring water and a snack.
  • Registration closes Monday, July 15.

Registering Youth

  • New registrants: When you register, select Others Only in the "Who Are You Registering?" section. On the next page, Add New Registrant. Create an account for your youth.
  • Next time you register: You will be able to Search Registrants to select your youth.
  • You may register your youth for an optional supervised lunch hour from noon-1 pm for the duration of this activity.
  • Make sure to fill out your youth's emergency contact information and other details when creating their account.
  • Questions? Email


A $55 materials fee, included in the class price, covers everything you need.

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

Instructors or Guides

Ben Dykstra

Ben Dykstra has been a woodworker for almost 30 years and has expertise in custom furniture and high-end kitchen cabinetry. He has worked with youth for more than 10 years and currently teaches middle school woodshop and high school technical drawing and CAD.

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