Build a Ladderback Chair
Instructor: Craig Vandall Stevens
January 10 - February 21, 2019 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm (7 Thursday evenings)
April 9 - May 21, 2019 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm (7 Tuesday evenings)
In Beginner 1, students build a piece of casework. In Beginner 2, we build a solid wood table with traditional joinery. Beginner 3 participants build a traditional ladderback chair.
This project, made of solid cherry, utilizes angled mortise and tenon joinery. This chair is similar to a Shaker chair, but Shaker chairs were often made wholly of turned parts, with the result that the rear legs and back posts were totally straight. A chair is more comfortable if the back of the chair leans to the rear a bit, which our chair does. The back slats are comfortably curved, sawn from solid wood after the tenons are cut.
The skills gained in this class include basic chair design, angled mortise and tenon joinery, weaving a seat of Shaker tape and determining grain patterns when cutting curves. The weaving will be demonstrated, allowing students to perform the actual weaving of their seats at home since the chair should be completely finished before installing the Shaker tape seat material. There is a small of amount of homework midway through the course, involving only hand tools.
Cost includes all materials and the shaker cotton tape for the seats in natural or black.