Arts & Mysteries: 18th-century Chairmaking - Popular Woodworking Magazine

Arts & Mysteries: 18th-century Chairmaking

 In November 2008 #172, Popular Woodworking Magazine Article Index

Building a Philadelphia Chippendale chair – part 1
By Adam Cherubini
Pages: 24-28

From the November 2008 issue #172
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There are few pieces of furniture more difficult to build than a formal chair. The structural requirements of any chair are tricky. But when curvilinear elements and angles are introduced, the construction is further complicated by a lack of good square reference faces. Reducing the number of structural elements to four legs and a back doesn’t seem to simplify things in this case. It just means the design is less forgiving of joinery errors.

The need to make the overall form appealing in line and mass is enough to frustrate. Not only are good plans not commonly available, the curved shapes and angles would make any two-dimensional plans difficult to use.

From the November 2008 issue #172
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