Anatomy Of A Sackback Windsor Chair

Many of the round mortise-and-tenon joints that hold a Windsor chair together are reinforced by wedges. As the illustration at right shows, the top end of the legs, arm posts, and spindles are all kerfed prior to assembly; the wedges that fill the kerfs expand the tenons, ensuring that they fit snugly in their mortises.

But a Windsor chair is more than the sum of its parts. For strength and comfort, it also relies on the interaction of its various assemblies. The legs and stretchers, for example, work against each other to support the weight of its user. The back assembly, with its bow, arm, and spindles, functions in a similar manner. The legs splay out to the sides and are raked forward and backward— providing a broad, stable base for the chair. As with all enduring designs the seat is tilted back slightly, making the chair more comfortable.

The three views of the sack-back Windsor presented on page 73 provide you with the critical angles, spacings, and dimensions. More dimensions appear in the cutting list below and throughout the chapter where each part of the chair is made.

As you prepare your stock, keep in mind that you will not be able to cut some of the parts to their finished length until you begin final assembly. The spindles, for example, should all be left at their maximum possible length—22 inches—until you have bent the arm and bow, and test-fitted the spindles against them. In the same way, size the stretchers only after test-fitting the blanks between the legs.

Legs

4

VA"

17"

Seat

1

2"

16"

20"

Long spindles

7

3/4"

22"

Small spindles

4

3/4"

ll3/4"

Middle stretcher

1

13A"

17"

Side stretchers

2

VA"

Anatomy Windsor Chair

5ide stretcher

PIECE Arm

Arm posts Bow

THICKNESS

W. OR DIAM

2"

VA"

3A"

CUTTING LIST

5ide stretcher

PIECE Arm

Arm posts Bow

THICKNESS

W. OR DIAM

2"

VA"

3A"

Anatomy Bow Back Windsor ChairFree Windsor Chair Plans
How To Sell Furniture

How To Sell Furniture

Types Of Furniture To Sell. There are many types of products you can sell. You just need to determine who your target market is and what specific item they want. Or you could sell a couple different ones in a package deal.

Get My Free Ebook


Post a comment