Angles of Chair Legs

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Forum topic by Dorje posted 07-06-2007 06:33 AM 2739 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-06-2007 06:33 AM

Topic tags/keywords: chairs chair legs angles

Well, when I posted my shop stool project, I stated:


What I didn’t do, but should’ve…I didn’t use compound angles but rather splayed the legs only out in one direction. I would have preferred the compound aesthetically, but not sure that it was necessary on this piece. It’s certainly as sturdy as I wanted it to be and as it needs to be. However, I haven’t built any chairs – yet. And, I haven’t done much reading on the subject either, so if you all would give me some feedback on what you know about the use of angles for legs and what have you, I would appreciate that! Thanks!


I didn’t get any response about angles for chair legs, so thought I’d try this in a forum. Now, I can understand if y’all tell me to go do some research, but just thought I’d throw this back out and see what kind of information I can catch on this!

The topic is really general -

What can you tell me about angles for chair legs?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Bob Babcock

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#1 posted 07-06-2007 07:10 AM

I wish I could help Dorje but I’ll be as interested to hear the answer as you. I guess it depends on the style you are looking for. What kind of chairs? Windsors, shaker, rustic, contemporary? Or is the question aimed at maximum stability/strength?

-- Bob

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Mark A. DeCou

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#2 posted 07-08-2007 02:46 PM

the last chairs I built I used 4.5 degrees from the front to the back legs. Was a booger cutting those tenons on the stretchers and braces for sure. I needed a Multirouter to do the job quick. I used a table saw and angle wedges for support.

-- Mark DeCou - American Contemporary Craft Artisan -

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