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angrybeaver10

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03-11-2021 11:14 AM

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Im am interested in building a couple of wing back chairs. I am having serious issues finding working plans that even if not exactly what i wanted i could modify i have seen upolsterd wing back on Pinterest with reference to finewoodwooking. But have not been able to find it. Does anyone have plans or drawings or know what issue of fw i could look for any help would be welcome

-- lawrence schaap


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#1 posted 03-11-2021 11:36 AM

I have the vast majority of FWW magazines going back to about 1988 or so. I don’t recall seeing any plans for an upholstered wing back chair.

I searched for info, and I did find one FWW forum thread asking about this very subject (from 2002!). The poster asked about plans for an upholstered wing back chair. One response pointed to a book by Norman Vandal titled, “Queen Anne Furniture: History, Design, and Construction”. The book dates to 1990.

In describing the book, the response says:

“That is exactly what is shown in the book, a detail plan for creating the wooden frame for a wing-back chair (also called an ‘easy chair). The legs are a QA style, but you could change them to fit any style you would want. There is also a detailed description of the construction process. It is worth taking a look…I think it is exactly what you would need for this type of project. There is 18 pages of information including 10 pages of detailed drawings. There are ‘graphs’ over many of the curves for square transfer of the details.”

You might try the library to see if they have the book. I looked on the Monstrously Monstrous Online Behemoth site, and the book is still available, used, for $10. Unfortunately, it does not have any sample pages to look into the book.

Hope this helps.

-- Ray

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#2 posted 03-11-2021 12:01 PM

I cant say thank you enough i will look into it

-- lawrence schaap

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#3 posted 03-13-2021 12:42 AM

Make sure you can find an upholsterer who can do a bare frame. Many cannot do it as it’s a much more involved skill than re-upholstery of existing chairs.

I have that book. It’s very good.

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#4 posted 03-13-2021 01:03 AM

Thanks for the insight. Which books there was a book on queen ann furniture building i ordered. I think its the challenge i have some automotive trim experience but thats different

-- lawrence schaap

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#5 posted 03-13-2021 12:37 PM

This might be the expensive or possibly cheap route, but you might look into buying a new/used one you like for a sample and modifying it to your liking.

The big advantage of doing this, is that you will have an idea of what it will sit like. Which is impossible to do starting from scratch.

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#6 posted 03-13-2021 01:14 PM

You know ive have thought of that.We go to estate sales and have seen chairs that we like the style but are worn out for as little as 10 to20 dollars .your idea has at least two plus great thoughts if not more 1: seeing how it was trimmed 2: like you said using it as a piece as is and duplicating it or using it for a pattern and joint placment 3: you are out only a minimum investment if it doesn’t work but what could go wrong right? thank you

-- lawrence schaap

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#7 posted 03-13-2021 01:26 PM

Dont mean to talk your ear off but its not so much the cost because building a chair by the time you get materials, labor ,heat and electrical in the shop not to mention waking up at 4 in the morning with an idea its a project that ive wanted to do

-- lawrence schaap

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#8 posted 03-13-2021 04:11 PM



Dont mean to talk your ear off but its not so much the cost because building a chair by the time you get materials, labor ,heat and electrical in the shop not to mention waking up at 4 in the morning with an idea its a project that ive wanted to do

- angrybeaver10


There is value in the journey.

I don’t make furniture to save money. The cost of outfitting a shop and keeping it up sees to that.

-- Ray

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#9 posted 03-13-2021 10:04 PM

Isnt that the truth. Just the upgrading of equipment this year b4 state spindle sander industial strength planer and overam pin router yep im in the red even before buying wood

-- lawrence schaap

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