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

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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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