Danish Cord Stool

The student woodworking club at Cerritos College, where I teach, invited a local furniture maker to teach a class on Danish cord seat weaving.  David Johnson, of Sidecar Furniture, taught the class.

I have always admired Danish cord seats.  Danish cord looks great, with a clean, airy feel.  It’s lightweight, very strong, and comfortable.  It’s one of those things that I’ve wanted to do for a while and had planned to incorporate into a set of dining chairs.  (If I ever complete the two I started a couple of years ago, the remaining four will have Danish cord seats.)

We had to bring something to weave and the suggested project was a stool based on one of David’s designs.  Tweaking things a bit to suit my taste, I used cherry for the wood and flared the legs a bit.  “Gumby” legs, as David put it.

The first part of the class was Saturday, March 24; it continues on the following Saturday.  I’ll be camping in Death Valley next Saturday, so I had to hustle through the first day to make sure I could complete my project without further instruction.  By the end of the day, I had completed the “spokes,” as David calls them, and was ready for the weave (I don’t remember David’s term for that – weave may or may not be correct).  The actual terms are warp and weft, but that’s too confusing.

The process is not very hard, but it is a bit tedious and time-consuming.  The best way to do it would be to put on some music and get into the rhythm of it.  It took me a day to make the stool, an hour or two of finishing spread out over several days, and a long day to weave the seat.  David says he can do a seat and a half in a day.  With that in mind, the whole project could be done in a weekend if you used a quick drying finish.

I was really happy with the end product.  My wife loves it too.  Thanks to David for a great class; I’m sorry I won’t be there next week to pick up on any extra bits of wisdom I’m sure he’ll deliver.


  1. It looks great and I enjoyed meeting you.


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