Glastonbury Chair

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Project by briant posted 617 days ago 3316 views 21 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This chair design has been around for a while (circa 1500 AD). My son asked if I could make him one and I told him I could.
Little did I know. After doing some research I found that this was probably one of the first types of folding chairs, except for the fact that it does not fold, it just comes apart and is held together by gravity and eight wedges.
Two people can lift it!

-- Brian, New Mexico

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#1 posted 617 days ago

Cool looking and sure looks like a fun build… but boy-oh-boy that doesn’t look comfortable to sit on for a long period of time.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 617 days ago

Very special and unique chair great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 617 days ago


-- Jason - Colorado Springs

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#4 posted 617 days ago

That is really neat! Very nicely done. I like it and thanks for sharing.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#5 posted 616 days ago

very nice chair. well done.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 616 days ago

is it comfortable? it doesn’t look to comfy, but sometimes those are the best ones

-- It's made of wood. Real sturdy.--Chubbs Peterson

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#7 posted 616 days ago

very cool chair ,nice finish too

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#8 posted 616 days ago

Beautiful chair,amaizing design.It’s beautifull when you just look not assembled parts.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#9 posted 616 days ago

Now that’s neat. I like the wood choice and finish. Makes it look rugged.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#10 posted 616 days ago

Very nice!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#11 posted 616 days ago

Like the design. Very cool.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#12 posted 616 days ago

Cool design. Looks real sturdy. Nice work.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16



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#13 posted 616 days ago

Great job, excellent finish. I love it. Long way for me to attempt such project.


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#14 posted 616 days ago

Ok guys and gals,
I should have said a little more about the Glastonbury chair. A quick Google search will no doubt bring you to Daniel Diehl”s book “Constructing Medieval Furniture”. In it, he suggests that the Glastonbury chair probably had a cushion of some kind. When I first saw pictures of it I figured it would be most uncomfortable. Surprisingly, its quite comfortable even without a cushion. It is rick solid when all the wedges holding it together, are in place. Being White Oak the thing weighs half a ton.
The original (1500’s) version was constructed using only small dowels holding the large dowels into the cross members….no glue was used. Apparently in England, there are still examples in existence today. The pictures that I was able to find online all had extensive carvings. If the chair I made was to be in someones house , It would be worth taking the time for the carvings. This one is to be used a few times a year as Medieval type camp chair. I don’t consider it to be fine furniture in any way. There will be no carving on this one.

-- Brian, New Mexico

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#15 posted 615 days ago

Congratulations. Beautiful chair, clean lines.

-- BK

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