Beginner 3 - Pair of Ladderback Chairs

Beginner 3 - Pair of Ladderback Chairs


Build Two Ladderback Chairs

Instructor:  Craig Vandall Stevens

  • February 20 - April 3, 2018  9:30 am - 12:30 pm (7 Tuesday mornings)

  • April 5 - May 17, 2018  6:30 pm to 9:30 pm (7 Thursday evenings)

  • September 11 - October 23, 2018  9:30 am - 12:30 pm (7 Tuesday mornings) 

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 pair of traditional ladderback chairs. 

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 bent lamination techniques. 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.

Cost includes all materials and the shaker cotton tape for the seats in natural or black.

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PFW has a wide assortment of woodturning tools for students to use. However, if you have your own tools or would like an excuse to purchase some new ones, the tool list is below. PFW recommends purchasing turning tools from Tools for Working WoodLee Valley/VeritasHida Tool and Hock Tools