A Double Bow Windsor Chair – Part Two

I haven’t previously attempted a copy of this particular variety of double bow chair, so I have to invent the necessary patterns for the seat, crinoline bow, back bow, arm bow and arm supports.

I first drew a seat pattern and cut the seat out of a goodly 2″ (51mm) thick slab of elm. The seat blank was planed flat and level and then I tidied up the edges with a spokeshave. The edges of the front lobes were gently radiused and a chamfer was shaved around the entire periphery of the underside of the seat which visually reduces its bulk.

Seat ready for saddling.

I adapted a cabriole leg pattern from another chair and cut the two front legs out of some ash. The legs were mounted in the lathe where I turned the tenons and pad feet and then roughed out the shape with drawknife, spokeshave and rasps. Afterwards I glued the ears on and refined the overall shape of the legs.

Faired ear and knee.

The rear legs are basically parallel-turned sticks, though in keeping with better quality chairs of this ilk, a simple baluster turning is incorporated in the lower half of the legs.

The legs ready for fitting to the seat.

Jack Plane

About Jack Plane

Formerly from the UK, Jack is a retired antiques dealer and self-taught woodworker, now living in Australia.
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