Glastonbury Chair

  • Advertise with us
Project by briant posted 11-12-2012 08:55 PM 9191 views 20 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This chair design has been around for a while (circa 1500 AD). My son asked if I could make him one and I told him I could.
Little did I know. After doing some research I found that this was probably one of the first types of folding chairs, except for the fact that it does not fold, it just comes apart and is held together by gravity and eight wedges.
Two people can lift it!

-- Brian, New Mexico

15 comments so far

View ohwoodeye's profile


2778 posts in 4651 days

#1 posted 11-12-2012 09:23 PM

Cool looking and sure looks like a fun build… but boy-oh-boy that doesn’t look comfortable to sit on for a long period of time.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

View a1Jim's profile


118334 posts in 5075 days

#2 posted 11-12-2012 09:33 PM

Very special and unique chair great job.


View Jason's profile


660 posts in 5006 days

#3 posted 11-12-2012 11:18 PM


-- Jason - Colorado Springs

View HillbillyShooter's profile


5811 posts in 3790 days

#4 posted 11-12-2012 11:39 PM

That is really neat! Very nicely done. I like it and thanks for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

View Woodbridge's profile


3755 posts in 3915 days

#5 posted 11-13-2012 12:42 AM

very nice chair. well done.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

View BentheViking's profile


1782 posts in 4061 days

#6 posted 11-13-2012 01:38 AM

is it comfortable? it doesn’t look to comfy, but sometimes those are the best ones

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

View eddie's profile


8565 posts in 4111 days

#7 posted 11-13-2012 05:14 AM

very cool chair ,nice finish too

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

View Ivan's profile


17331 posts in 4365 days

#8 posted 11-13-2012 06:06 AM

Beautiful chair,amaizing design.It’s beautifull when you just look not assembled parts.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

View hunter71's profile


3564 posts in 4684 days

#9 posted 11-13-2012 11:49 AM

Now that’s neat. I like the wood choice and finish. Makes it look rugged.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

View mloy365's profile


448 posts in 4628 days

#10 posted 11-13-2012 12:10 PM

Very nice!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

View Monte Pittman's profile

Monte Pittman

30679 posts in 3836 days

#11 posted 11-13-2012 02:08 PM

Like the design. Very cool.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

View Skylark53's profile


2868 posts in 4558 days

#12 posted 11-13-2012 03:32 PM

Cool design. Looks real sturdy. Nice work.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16



197 posts in 3832 days

#13 posted 11-13-2012 05:11 PM

Great job, excellent finish. I love it. Long way for me to attempt such project.


View briant's profile


31 posts in 4272 days

#14 posted 11-13-2012 06:49 PM

Ok guys and gals,
I should have said a little more about the Glastonbury chair. A quick Google search will no doubt bring you to Daniel Diehl”s book “Constructing Medieval Furniture”. In it, he suggests that the Glastonbury chair probably had a cushion of some kind. When I first saw pictures of it I figured it would be most uncomfortable. Surprisingly, its quite comfortable even without a cushion. It is rick solid when all the wedges holding it together, are in place. Being White Oak the thing weighs half a ton.
The original (1500’s) version was constructed using only small dowels holding the large dowels into the cross members….no glue was used. Apparently in England, there are still examples in existence today. The pictures that I was able to find online all had extensive carvings. If the chair I made was to be in someones house , It would be worth taking the time for the carvings. This one is to be used a few times a year as Medieval type camp chair. I don’t consider it to be fine furniture in any way. There will be no carving on this one.

-- Brian, New Mexico

View arwoodwright's profile


3 posts in 3529 days

#15 posted 11-14-2012 02:32 AM

Congratulations. Beautiful chair, clean lines.

-- BK

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics