How to reproduce Chippendale sofas using period construction techniques. Norman L. Vandal studied Chippendale camelback sofas in museums and books and found a great resource in The Magazine Antiques, which showed sofas stripped of upholstery. Here he shares his templates and some variations; using these, you’ll avoid problems, he says, and everything will go together and stand square. He offers advice on what woods to use for primary and secondary parts, and his construction instructions are in two places: the text of the article and on the template drawings. He also talks about the old style vs. newer styles of attaching upholstery, and tells you which he prefers. Side information covers getting a frame upholstered and variations on leg styles.

From Fine Woodworking #49