Upholstering a Slip Seat
A traditional approach with horse-hair padding
Synopsis: With a little knowledge and practice, most woodworkers can produce a slip seat that will do justice to the finest furniture, according to Don Taylor. Recessing the slip-seat frame into the chair rails minimizes the upholstered appearance, while horse-hair padding, suspended by webbing and burlap over an open wooden frame and covered with upholstery material, provides comfortable cushioning. Taylor also explains how to use high-density foam, in place of horse hair, on a plywood form. He talks about tools and materials, how to build the seat frame, install the webbing and padding, make the edge roll, and install the cotton muslin.
Most experienced woodworkers consistently produce refined furniture that draws praise from friends and family. But give those some craftsmen a piece of material and they turn to all thumbs. With a little knowledge and practice, however, most woodworkers can produce a slip seat that will do justice to…