Chairs - Fine Woodworking Plans and Projects


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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  • The Garden Chair, Part 1: Bent LaminationThe Garden Chair, Part 1: Bent Lamination

    by Michael C. Fortune

    Part 1 of this garden chair project involves making the bent laminations that are used for the sweeping curves in the arms, seat, and back slats. The process of ...

  • A Revolution in Chair MakingA Revolution in Chair Making

    by Michael C. Fortune

    Beauty, comfort, and strength come together in this chair designed by Michael Fortune. In traditional chairmaking the legs, rails, seat, and back are part of a ...

  • Windsor Rocker Without Special Tools: Part 2Windsor Rocker Without Special Tools: Part 2

    by Peter Galbert

    In this second in a two-part series on making a Windsor rocking chair, most of the hard work is done. What remains is the fun stuff. In part one (FWW #218), we ...

  • Windsor Rocker Without Special Tools: Part 1Windsor Rocker Without Special Tools: Part 1

    by Peter Galbert

    This Windsor rocker was inspired in part by the chairs of Sam Maloof, which is why the sculptural quality of the seat extends to the arms, crest, and spindles. ...

  • Build a Classic Corner Chair with Project PlansBuild a Classic Corner Chair with Project Plans

    by W. Mickey Callahan

    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 ...

  • Build a Bow-Arm Morris ChairBuild a Bow-Arm Morris Chair

    by Gregory Paolini

    This chair, with its large, square legs and wide arms of quartersawn white oak, says "Craftsman" with every feature. It should, since it was based on a design by ...

  • Pro Portfolio: The Clever ChairPro Portfolio: The Clever Chair

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Michael Fortune builds efficiency into the process of making custom furniture. Learn about his process for designing and riffing on his trademark No. 1 Chair.

  • Seats of New York Furniture exhibitVideo: Seats of New York Furniture exhibit

    with Fine Woodworking editors

    Take a guided tour of the exhibition that accompanied this year's meeting of the Furniture Society to see a wide array of chairs, benches, and stools in a variety of styles and forms.

  • Chairs from the Irion CommissionChairs from the Irion Commission

    by Jonathan Binzen

    A slideshow gallery of more work from the extensive commission that reproduced 90 pieces of classic American furniture

  • Best Outdoor Furniture ProjectsBest Outdoor Furniture Projects

    by Fine Woodworking editors

    Perfect for the summer: A quartet of designs for classic outdoor furniture from the Fine Woodworking archives

  • Furniture Kids Will LoveFurniture Kids Will Love

    by Jeff Miller

    Whether you want to make quick-and-dirty painted furniture that will stand up to child use, or an heirloom piece that matches an adult table or chair, designing ...

  • Adirondack ChairAdirondack Chair

    by Tom Begnal

    Unlike many others of its type, this version of the quintessentially American outdoor chair has a curved seat and back for added comfort. It is also lightweight, ...

  • Assembling an Adirondack ChairVideo: Assembling an Adirondack Chair

    with Tom Begnal

    Watch the parts go together and learn a simple technique for cutting and shaping the arms

  • Celebrating the ChairCelebrating the Chair

    by Jonathan Binzen

    Maine furniture exhibit brings together 20 chairs by 20 makers to recognize the art of sitting comfortably

  • Arts and Crafts Side ChairArts and Crafts Side Chair

    by Kevin Rodel

    This Arts and Crafts-style chair would fit comfortably in a dining room or a library. With its curved back rest and angled joinery, it offers plenty of construction ...

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