Chairs

The simple definition of a chair as a movable seat, with a back, for a single person gives no indication of the truly vast range of objects that qualify under this description. Furthermore, few people today are aware of the fact that for much of its history --
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  • A Seat in the TreesA Seat in the Trees

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Greg Klassen’s slender side chair is packed with personal history....

  • How to Get Two Curves from One StickHow to Get Two Curves from One Stick

    by Jonathan Binzen

    See how Greg Klassen crafts the split and bent-laminated back on his side chair....

  • Uncommon Arts & CraftsUncommon Arts & Crafts

    by Jonathan Binzen

    There is a wealth of amazing Arts and Crafts design to be found outside the mainstream—away from the well-known and much-heralded pieces by the likes of the Greene ...

  • Chair Fuses Best of East and WestChair Fuses Best of East and West

    by Jonathan Binzen

    See how John Cameron blends the design of a 500-year-old Ming Dynasty chair with modern furniture in his version of the "official's hat" armchair....

  • Massachusetts MingMassachusetts Ming

    by Jonathan Binzen

    John Cameron designs a modern version of the Chinese “official’s hat” armchair....

  • Adirondack UnboundAdirondack Unbound

    by Jonathan Binzen

    See how chair maker Robert Erickson took the traditional Adirondack chair in a bold new direction....

  • Uncompromising AdirondackUncompromising Adirondack

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Take a detailed look at the anatomy of Robert Erickson's comfortable, weatherproof Adirondack chair....

  • How to Drill Windsor Chair MortisesVideo: How to Drill Windsor Chair Mortises

    with Peter Galbert

    Learn how to drill Windsor chair mortises at the proper angle with an ingenious set-up using mirrors.

  • How to Ream Windsor Chair MortisesVideo: How to Ream Windsor Chair Mortises

    with Peter Galbert

    In part two of our video series on Windsor chair mortises, learn how to properly ream your mortises for a super-tight fit.

  • Turn a Windsor Chair LegVideo: Turn a Windsor Chair Leg

    with James Rendi

    Watch a pro turn this classic leg design, download full-size plans, and build the whole chair using expert advice and how-tos

  • Excerpt: Make a Chair From a TreeVideo: Excerpt: Make a Chair From a Tree

    with John Alexander

    A look at the process of making traditional greenwood chairs

  • A Slim, Comfortable Slip SeatA Slim, Comfortable Slip Seat

    by Michael C. Fortune

    Michael Fortune set out to design a dining-room chair that was graceful and stylish yet comfortable for hours at a time. His solution was an upholstered slip-seat ...

  • The Right Wood for the JobThe Right Wood for the Job

    by Michael Dunbar

    Mike Dunbar explains how important it is to select wood wisely for your project. For instance, chair parts serve distinct mechanical functions, and materials should ...

  • Make a Comfortable Slip SeatMake a Comfortable Slip Seat

    by Jim Barefoot

    Jim Barefoot says what matters most in making chairs is comfort and strength. He describes how to apply upholstery and advises that beginners be ready to rework ...

  • Upholstering a Slip SeatUpholstering a Slip Seat

    by Don Taylor

    With a little knowledge and practice, most woodworkers can produce a slip seat that will do justice to the finest furniture, according to Don Taylor. Recessing ...

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