A Double Bow Windsor Chair – Part Four

When the crinoline bow had dried, I cut it to length, formed the tenons on its extremities, rounded it and bored the holes to accept the two stub stretchers. The stub stretchers were turned using the off-cuts from the crinoline bow.

Fig. 1. Crinoline and stub stretchers.

The leg holes were bored into the seat which I then roughed out with a carving disc mounted on an angry grinder and then followed up with a travisher.

Fig. 2. Partially saddled seat.

After sawing kerfs in the ends of the through tenons, I glued the undercarriage into the seat. Oak wedges were then hammered into the ends of the tenons, locking them into their mortises.

Fig. 3. Front leg wedged perpendicular to seat grain.

Fig. 4. Stub stretcher wedged into the crinoline stretcher.

Fig. 5. The blind tenon on the back of the stub is not wedged.

Fig. 6. Chair base completed.

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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5 Responses to A Double Bow Windsor Chair – Part Four

  1. Joe M. says:

    Jack, Looks great, When gluing he front legs into the seat blank….do you glue the “ears” to the base also or just the main legs surface and tenon? I understand there is not much surface but is their any cross grain/expansion/contraction in that area of the”ears” to worry about joint failure?? and the ears or returns getting loose over time?
    ( just trying to say something smart…not easy)


    • Jack Plane says:

      The entire leg assembly is glued to the seat. The small areas of maligned grain are no match for animal glue! In my experience – and historically – the misalignment doesn’t present an issue.



  2. Marilyn says:

    Very nice,.But I have to admit, now I’m wondering how it smells.


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