Building a chair is one of the great challenges in woodworking. The combination of curves, angles, and the need for a structure able to withstand the abuses of sitting are all part of the challenge. This chair adds a classic and simple elegance into the mix. The Chippendale Chair is a project that you’ll want to show off. Building one will greatly increase your capabilities as a woodworker.
We’ll do most of the work on this chair by hand (although there will be some bandsaw use). But Jeff has carefully worked out methods and a process to make this chair accessible for a woodworker who feels comfortable with mortise and tenon work. Starting with a kit of parts prepared in advance, we’ll use planes, chisels, and a few less-familiar tools resurrected from the 19th Century, Jeff will guide you through chopping and paring mortises and angled mortises, sawing out the tenons, shaping the legs and the faceted side rails. and dealing with the intriguing curves and angles of this classic chair (Due to time constraints, we may not have time to finish the stretcher assembly). You’ll learn how to approach a chair project, and the process for dealing with its complexities. And you’ll come away with a classic and elegant showpiece.
Jeff Miller is a furniture designer, craftsman, teacher, and author of woodworking books and articles (he's also a former classical musician, and a dad). Jeff's furniture has been shown in galleries and shows nationwide, and has won numerous awards. His furniture is in the Decorative Arts Collection of the Chicago History Museum.
Jeff's latest book is The Foundations of Better Woodworking, from Popular Woodworking Books.