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In this video workshop, Teague will show you how to build one of his favorite furniture projects, an elegant, solid-wood chair. He’s built a number of chairs based on this design, and will share the tips and tricks he’s learned along the way.
Chairmaking intimidates many woodworkers because of the angled joinery that’s typical of most chair designs, but it’s not as hard as you might think. To simplify this chair’s construction, Teague used slip tenons (also called loose or floating tenons) to connect the parts. It also helps to use full-size templates to lay out the joinery.
A set of woodworking plans is available to guide you in your build, but Teague also shows how to adjust the chair proportions to be comfortable in a range of sizes.
I’m a furniture maker and writer based in Nashville, Tenn. After spending six years as an editor at Fine Woodworking magazine, I ventured off on my own to build furniture for a living and write about the craft.
In 2007 I built a new workshop and office behind my house, which I chronicled in a blog called The Smart Shop. It is a big step up from the one-car garage shop I wrote about in my first book, Projects for Your Shop.
Produced by: Gina Eide; Video by: Gary Junken; Editing by: Michael Dobsevage
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August 7, 2012
Take a closer look at the techniques involved in building this ash dining chair.
Watch how to create a full-size drawing and templates that are integral in building this chair.
Find great tips for choosing lumber, milling it to size, and get started cutting and shaping the rear chair legs.
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Lay out and cut the mortises for this chair with a simple setup for your router.
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See how the chair is assembled in sections.
Complete the chair with a slip seat and an easy-to-apply finish.
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