Queen Anne Chairs

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Project by chobbs66 posted 06-19-2009 04:11 PM 2356 views 4 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch


I have been a lurker for a little while, thought I would break the ice with a project I finished last year for Christmas.

My in-laws are extremely generous to us, and were in the need for a couple of nice chairs to pull out to add to thier existing set when having dinner parties. So I thought making a couple of chairs would make a nice Christmas gift, and my wife was all in. So I got started in September.

They are based on Queen Anne chairs in the Philadelphia style, with some common details, such as trifid feet and the knee carving based on those done by William Savery in the 18th century. I didn’t have any plans or patterns, but I did refer to an excellent drawing in Nuttings Furniture Treasury Vol III and the Gene Landon article from a couple of years ago in FWW. Traditional drop-in slip seats. I also did the upholstery, which was simple, but never having done it before I was pleased with the result.

Wood: Good old craigslist Kansas Black Walnut, from some trees knocked down in a tornado. The front legs were some really knotty 12/4 from a farm in Arkansas, bought when I worked in Branson.

Dimensions: Approximately 42” high by 20 1/2” wide

Finish: Aniline Dye, Shellac, Wax

Photos by Roy Wall who did an awesome job. Thanks Roy!

Thanks for looking, Cal

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#1 posted 06-19-2009 04:23 PM

Hey Cal
Wow these chairs are knock outs, super nice . a wonderful build great design and crisp details ,very well done.
Beautiful is an understatement.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 06-19-2009 04:35 PM


Awesome looking chairs. I really like the juxtaposition of the formal Queen Anne design with the more casual gingham pattern upholstry. It might actually encourage someone to sit on those pieces of art.


-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#3 posted 06-19-2009 05:33 PM

/amazing woodwork! Looking frward to more project posts from you.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 06-19-2009 05:49 PM

Just stunning work….

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#5 posted 06-19-2009 05:53 PM

No more lurking! Post, man, post. Those are amazing chairs!

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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Mark Mazzo

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#6 posted 06-19-2009 07:27 PM


Really nice work. I especially like the joinery details and the trifed feet. Nice photos too!

-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at

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Dennis Zongker

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#7 posted 06-19-2009 07:40 PM

Great Looking Chairs!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#8 posted 06-19-2009 07:50 PM

Excellent job, nice tight joints, great carvings on the legs, nice detai on the backs, timeless joinery with those pegged mortise and tenons… they’ll be treasured by your grandkids, when it’s their turn to have them.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#9 posted 06-19-2009 08:27 PM

Very very Nice! Great craftsmanship! I too really like the pegged mortises!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#10 posted 06-19-2009 09:25 PM

Hey Cal those are some awesome looking chairs! You did a really nice job on them, bet they really liked’m. I was just in overland park today dropping off a cabinet. You a memeber of woodworking guild up there? I see they got new place to have meetings, that’s cool.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#11 posted 06-19-2009 10:11 PM

Very nice job, thanks for posting.

-- Billp

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#12 posted 06-19-2009 11:42 PM

Thanks all for the comments. Les, they did like the chairs very much. Yeah, I am in the KC WWWG for the last 18mos or so. Since we moved into the new space it has really taken off. Unfortunately with all that is going on this summer I have missed the last couple of meetings. There are some great people I have met there.

Just for information, Chippendale and Queen Anne styles are my thing, so most everything I try to make is reminiscent of that era. Thanks again, Cal

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#13 posted 06-20-2009 07:02 AM

true art…wonderful.

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#14 posted 06-20-2009 11:56 AM

Fantastic work Cal and truly beautiful chairs. This is the quality of work many aspire to, but rarely reach. Looking forward to more!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#15 posted 06-20-2009 04:29 PM

Your In-laws should be very happy with that result…....excellent job.

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