Chairs - Fine Woodworking How-To


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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  • Stretching the Windsor TraditionStretching the Windsor Tradition

    by Peter Galbert

    Peter Galbert had spent years building Windsor chairs when he decided to push the design into areas that were unexpected. This curved settee is one result of his ...

  • Tables & ChairsTables & Chairs

    by Fine Woodworking editors

    Online extras for our special issue covering 12 classic table and chair furniture projects you can build

  • Making a Classic ContemporaryMaking a Classic Contemporary

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Furniture makers have been tweaking and changing the design of the Windsor chair ever since the first one was built, and Curtis Buchanan is no exception. See how ...

  • The Why of Windsor ChairsThe Why of Windsor Chairs

    by Curtis Buchanan

    Four centuries after they first emerged, in England, Windsors chairs and their offspring account for about half the wooden chairs on the planet. The original chair ...

  • The Garden Chair, Part 2: AssemblyThe Garden Chair, Part 2: Assembly

    by Michael C. Fortune

    Part 2 of the Garden Chair project takes the curved laminations created in Part 1 and turns them into a chair. Patterns make it easy to trace the shapes of each ...

  • 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

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