Glastonbury Chair

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Project by briant posted 11-12-2012 08:55 PM 6945 views 20 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 11-12-2012 09:23 PM

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 11-12-2012 09:33 PM

Very special and unique chair great job.

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#3 posted 11-12-2012 11:18 PM


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#4 posted 11-12-2012 11:39 PM

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

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#5 posted 11-13-2012 12:42 AM

very nice chair. well done.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 11-13-2012 01:38 AM

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 11-13-2012 05:14 AM

very cool chair ,nice finish too

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#8 posted 11-13-2012 06:06 AM

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

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#9 posted 11-13-2012 11:49 AM

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

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#10 posted 11-13-2012 12:10 PM

Very nice!

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#11 posted 11-13-2012 02:08 PM

Like the design. Very cool.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#12 posted 11-13-2012 03:32 PM

Cool design. Looks real sturdy. Nice work.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16



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#13 posted 11-13-2012 05:11 PM

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


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#14 posted 11-13-2012 06:49 PM

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 11-14-2012 02:32 AM

Congratulations. Beautiful chair, clean lines.

-- BK

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