A Trio of Lath-Back Windsor Chairs – Part Three

The chairs were washed down with hot soapy water and then stained. When dry, I (spirit) varnished the chairs, during which, I gave them a little additional colour before finally waxing them (figs. 1-12).

Fig. 1.

Fig. 2. The pegs were intentionally made proud of the crest rail to emulate 250 years of natural shrinkage of the rail.

Fig. 3. Likewise, I simulated the build-up of grime in appropriate places.

Fig. 4.

Fig. 5.

Fig. 6. Baluster turnings on front legs only.

Fig. 7.

Fig. 8.

Fig. 9. Rear of crest rail.

Fig. 10. Bob tail and bracing sticks.

Fig. 11. Three chairs for the new house! Hip hip…

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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11 Responses to A Trio of Lath-Back Windsor Chairs – Part Three

  1. Richard Motz says:

    Nicely done ! ! !


  2. Eric R says:

    I must say Jack, those did come out quite lovely.


  3. bobbarnettpe says:

    Nice work.


  4. stevenrey56 says:

    Really, I find your aging so spot on. Congratulations on another fine project.


  5. D.B. Laney says:



    • Jack Plane says:

      I haven’t used button shellac for decades.

      My spirit varnish is a blend of all the dregs of blonde shellac, and other pale resins left over from other jobs which I collect in large jars in the shop fridge. There may be a little button in there, though it would be well and truly dispersed by now.



  6. Alex A. says:

    Spectacular as always. If you have time, you should do an article on how you choose which resin to use for a given piece.


  7. Mr. Jack,

    The chairs are beautiful. How did you get the aging look on the chairs? Did you use a specific type of stain or just shellac? Combo? Very curious to know that process.

    I love reading your articles and items you make. You’re a master craftsman in my book, sir!


    • Jack Plane says:

      Thank you.

      On this particular job I used water stain (any would do), some pigments, a mixture of spirit varnishes (again, what ever you have to hand, but preferably pale), and wax polish of your choice.



  8. Like the chairs Jack!


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