A Writing Arm Chair

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Next week our woodworking classes begin their Fall session. I'm working up a new chair design for the class, a Windsor Writing Arm Chair. I found this beautiful piece in a book by John Kassay, "The Book of American Windsor Furniture". It is a complicated structure with a lot of pieces installed at various angles. It will be a fun and challenging piece for our students. 

After tracing over the graphics found in the reference book, I used these flat shaped faces to develop the many chair components. Starting with the Seat, I began fitting these components into the full assembly. Guidelines and Protractor Tool were much used in setting these components at irregular angles. 

I typically use Sight Lines to help with drilling seat sockets in Windsor Chairs. This piece has more than its share of sight lines and they are not as symmetrical as you would expect. These sight lines on the seat are produced as a full size template in SketchUp, and this is used to mark up the lumber seat plank. 


In this video, I show the sequence used in installing the components in the chair assembly. This will be much like the process used in the shop.

I'm expecting this piece to be effective with the iPad or small laptop.








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