Classic Corner Chair
This corner chair is loosely based on one that was made in New York around 1765. The cabriole legs, relief-shell carving, and curved front rails reflect the earlier Queen Anne period, while the ball-and-claw feet and intricate splats reflect the later Chippendale style. Though the chair has lots of curves, the construction is simple mortise-and-tenon joinery without the compound angles found on many chairs. If you aren’t a confident carver, eliminate the shell, replace the ball-and-claw foot with a pad foot, and you’ll still have a very handsome chair.
Learn how in Fine Woodworking issue # 215, “Build a Classic Corner Chair” by W. Mickey Callahan.