Category Archives: Dining Chairs

Dining chairs made by Gary Weeks & Company: the Wilson chair and the Williams chair

Designing a Ladderback Dining Chair

While we were working on our upholstered chair design, (a long and involved process, see previous post), Austin noticed the obvious: We could relatively quickly design a ladderback dining chair as a variation of the chairs we have already developed. … Continue reading

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Designing an Upholstered Dining Chair, Part One

The last addition to our catalog of dining furniture was the Heflin Barstool.  We developed it in response to requests for a barstool with a back — designed and built to our standards of comfort, style, and durability.  It has … Continue reading

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Cutting Round Tenons on Chair Legs

The tenons on the front legs of our wood seat dining chairs come through the seat and are wedged — making the attractive and obviously strong “through-wedged mortise-and-tenon joint.” The front legs of our chairs intersect the seat at an … Continue reading

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Arms for Dining Chairs

To reach elbows and forearms, the tops of dining chair arms need to be about 9” above the seat.  This puts the top of the arms about 27” off the floor.  The clearance under the apron of a dining table … Continue reading

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Mortising Seats for Splats

We cut the mortises in our chair seats with a plunge router.  We use a guide bushing fastened to the router and a fixture clamped to each seat in turn.  The splats have no shoulder; we have to precisely fit … Continue reading

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Fairing Arms to Back legs

“To fair” means to make a line or surface true to a curve–removing flat places, anomalies, and offsets.  In boat and aircraft building a well-faired surface has less resistance to water or air than a carelessly produced one.  In furnituremaking, … Continue reading

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Gluing Chair Seats

Our chair seats are always made of seven parts, doweled and glued together.  When we are laying out the parts for chairs on the lumber, we select a board or portion of a board that will make eight, or more, … Continue reading

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