My wife wants 4 new dining room chairs. I don't normally use plans, but
have never made a chair before, so I think it might be a good idea.
She wants something like:
I have spent a good deal of time googling and can't find anything, free or
paid, like it. The closest I come is
and the arms look weird.
Could you take http://plansnow.com/chairsdine.html and just run the front
legs higher and put an arm in?
Any help on this would be much appreciated.
I suggest you get Jeff Miller's book on chairs (Taunton Press). He will
spell it out for you.
There is not a chair in the book like the one your wife likes, but the one
she likes would be easy to build.
Woodwork magazines 90 and 91 have a Paul Sellers article for building a
Craftsman Rocker. I have built that chair and it would be easy to convert to
the shair you want.
The book is called "Chairmaking & Design". I've never built a chair,
but I have read the book and it seemed very good. I read it from the
library and then tried to buy a copy and found it very difficult to
find because it is out of print from Taunton. You have 3 options:
1. Go to your local library
2. Buy a used copy (currently $73 on Amazon -- that shows you how good
3. Buy the new printing, which will be released on November 1, 2006
from Linden Publishing. You can pre-order it from Amazon now for about
And don't look past ordering the two back issues of Woodwork magazine. Paul
takes you step by step thru making the chair. Just leave the rockers off,
re-shape the arms, adjust the leg heights and you'll have an arm chair.
Sure - you could definitely just make longer front legs and add arms.
I'm working on a rocking chair right now in a very similar style, with
arms coming back off the straight front legs. I got a plan from
"American Furniture Design" for Christmas last year, and it was a good
place to start for measurements, but the plan itself was pretty poor.
One other book to consider is "In the Craftsman Style" (FWW):
At amazon: http://tinyurl.com/n39q2
There's a good article in there about building an arts-and-crafts style
chair, and though it's not a plan, there are some good measurements,
tips, pictures of jigs he used, etc. If you go to the book page on
Amazon, click "Search inside", and enter "the author based" in the
search box, then click on the result from page 37, you can see the
basic measured drawing. If you search for "trim the front" and click on
the page 38 result, it shows one of his jigs.
Aside from this particular chapter, it's an interesting book with some
background on the arts and crafts style, lots of pictures, several
projects, and several "inspirations".
If you want to drop a few more bucks, the Fine Woodworking "The
Complete Illustrated Guide to Furniture and Cabinet Construction" by
Andy Rae is an OK book and has some info/tips specifically on chairs.
Another thing I found helpful when designing my rocker was to search
google images for as many mission/arts&crafts rocking chair pictures as
I could find, print out a few per page, compare, and pick out elements
of various chairs that I liked. My final design is a combination of
several pictures, the AFD plan, and some of my own ideas.
Hope this is helpful,
How about this one:
Might help you to know that on this side of the pond they're called
carver chairs. Presumably because the head of the table, who
traditionally carved the meat sat in them.
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I used the Woodsmith plans you noted and modified them for an arm
chair. If you deside to do the same, going for the Stickley design your
wife wants, I would recommend that you widen the design. I flared the
arms out at the seat but that would not suit the look you are seeking.
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