George II Walnut Ladderback Chair – Part Three

I came across another Giles Grendey ladderback chair (fig. 1) on display in the London Room of the Handel House Museum (the London home of the baroque composer, George Frideric Handel). Other than the slight difference in the shape of the back splats, the chair appears to be virtually identical to the one I’m copying.


Fig. 1. Grendey style chair at the Handel House Museum. (© The Handel House Trust)

I assembled the chair and when the glue was dry, I wiped the whole thing down with hot soapy water in preparation for staining and polishing it.


Fig. 2. The Grendey chair in-the-white.


Fig. 3. Front quarter view.


Fig. 4. Rear quarter view.


Fig. 5. Top back rail.

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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7 Responses to George II Walnut Ladderback Chair – Part Three

  1. dzj9 says:

    A fine looking chair!
    If George Frideric ever sat on it, no doubt it would be baroque.
    (couldn’t resist, sorry)


  2. paul6000000 says:

    Beautiful. It was fun comparing this with the array of components pictured in pt II.


  3. dtugboat says:

    This is a beautiful piece of work. I just wonder how will you secure the seat to the heavy timber in tha back of the chair? I do have ideas, just wonder how you do it. Thank you for sharing your time, effort and work with us.


    • Jack Plane says:

      There will be an oak lath nailed to the rear seat rail to support the squab. I pulled a stick of oak from the rack yesterday to make the squab frame and will reserve an off-cut for the lath.



      • dtugboat says:

        Thank you for your quick reply. I do admire your work, and especially your in-depth knowledge of not only woodworking but also the history connected with it.


  4. Ella Roberts says:

    A very interesting article and great to make the link to Handel House Museum. I would ask however, that you credit Fig. 1 correctly with ‘© The Handel House Trust’ and to contact us directly for future image requests. Thank you


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