Traditional Windsor Chair Making
Basic step-by-step instructions for building a comb back Windsor chair

by Jim Rendi

215 x 280mm

Published by Schiffer Publishing, West Chester, Pennsylvania USA


ISBN 0-88740-503-7

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Extract from back cover of book:

Basic, step-by-step instructions for building a comb back Windsor chair, using traditional methods. With the simplest of hand tools and a lathe, even the amateur can produce a beautiful chair. Each step is illustrated and the patterns for the parts are given, along with measured drawings. Finally, various jigs and specialized tools like the steamer are explained and methods of construction then given.

Jim Rendi has captured all the skill of the colonial chair maker and shares it with his readers. His Philadelphia Chair Company specializes in Windsor chairs of several traditional styles, but this comb back is among the favourite. A gallery at the end of the book shares other styles of Windsors that use much the same methods.

About the Author: Jim Rendi was attracted to Windsor chair making because it looked simple. It did not take long to see that it involved much more: geometry, skill and design, which helped to deepen his love for the art. Jim studied with Michael Dunbar and began making Windsor chairs professionally in 1985. He lives and works in Earlville, Pennsylvannia, where his business, the Philadelphia Windsor Chair Shop, is located. He makes Windsor chairs and other furniture by hand in a 1792 carrriage house.

Photos: Colour

Units of Measurement: Imperial



Splitting the Wood for Legs and Stretchers
Making a Froe Club

Turning the Legs

Turning the Stretchers

Turning the Posts

Splitting the Spindles, Comb, and Arm
- Seeing Defects

Shaping the Comb

Preparing the Arm

Shaving the Spindles

- An Alternative: Joining Planks for the Seat

Sculpting the Seat

Preparing the Seat for Legs and Spindles

Measuring for the Stretchers

Final Turnings for the Stretchers

Assembling the Undercarriage

Assembling the Upper Chair