and Building Chairs
Published by Taunton Press, CT, USA
As reviewed in The Australian Woodworker Issue 132
We live in a society where chairs are plentiful. We generally expect to be able sit down just about everywhere we are - whether it's at home, in a theatre or stadium, in cars, buses, trains, trams, ferries, airplanes...
Why then are there so many uncomfortable chairs? The problem is that despite the number of chairs that are made, making one that is strong, durable and comfortable is not all that easy.
This collection of articles has been drawn from past issues of Fine Woodworking with the express purpose of helping you to make better chairs. It collects together the ideas and work of some of America's top designers and makers - including such legendary contributors to modern woodworking as Sam Maloof and James Krenov.
The book is divided into three sections. The first, which occupies some 30 odd pages, contains 8 articles on subjects ranging from Compound-Angle Joinery and Shaping the Arm of a Chair, to Jigs for Joints on Curving Parts and Working Green Wood.
The second section - another 30 or so pages - is devoted to making chair seats. There's an article about Carving a Softwood Seat and another about Sculpting Chair Seats with a Shop-Built Duplicator. There is also an article about Weaving a Cane Seat and one about Weaving Shaker Tape Seats.
The third section, which takes up the rest of the book, contains six projects - A Light Settee in Cherry, Post-and-Rung Stool, Shaker Rocker, Oval Chippendale Stool, Bowback Windsor Step by Step and The Shaker Revolver.
Woodworkers who choose to make chairs soon find that they have embarked upon an odyssey that leads them into arcane alleyways of the craft. This book should help to provide some guidance on their journey.
Units of Measurement: Imperial
Section 1 - Chair Making Basics
the Arm of a Chair
a Basic Stool
for Joints on Curving Parts
for Comfort: The Three-Slat Chair
a Chair, Arts and Crafts Style
Section 2 - Making Chair Seats
Chair Seats with a Shop-Built Duplicator
Slim, Comfortable Slip Seat
a Softwood Seat
a Cane Seat
a Chair Seat
Shaker Tape Seats
Section 3 - Projects
Light Settee in Cherry
Windsor Step by Step