I Can Do That: Simple Side Chair

A woven seat adds a punch of color to this surprisingly easy project.
By Glen D. Huey
Pages: 28-31

From the December 2007 issue #166
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After years of building furniture, mostly case pieces, I’ve come to understand that chair building is different. Where most casework involves working with panels and straight lumber, most chair building turns to bending stock or forming parts. When you find a chair that fits into the casework criteria, you should take every opportunity to build that piece.

This chair fits into that framework. I envision this chair sitting anywhere, from around the dining room table, to welcoming guests to your home in the foyer, to being perched beside the dressing table in your bedroom. It is sturdy, comfortable and the construction is beginner-friendly to say the least.

The focus of most chairs is the back and the seat. This chair appeals to the eye with the shapely hourglass back splat and the colorful seat that is woven with Shaker tape.

Online Extras

To download instructions from Shaker Workshops for weaving the Mission Chair seat, click here.

To purchase Shaker Seat tape from Shaker Workshops, click here.

To purchase Shaker Seat tape from Royalwood, click here.

For additional photos and a 3-D drawing of the Mission Chair, click here for a PDF.

From the December 2007 issue #166
Buy this issue now