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09-18-2013 02:17 AM

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My Mom has a nice round oak table with four antique oak spindle-back chairs that she says are too uncomfortable. I’d like to try and surprise her with a set of four chairs to match the table, but with padded seats and padded back. But I’ve been googling for ideas and all I’m finding with padded backs are the type that are completely upholstered, and that’s not what I’m looking for. I want an oak frame with a padded portion up the middle. I did find something close to what I'm looking for, just a bit fancier. I wouldn’t copy the shape but that is the way I want the back. I’m also picturing one where the pad on the back is about 1/2 the width of the back and goes up the middle, with an opening on either side. The problem is that I can’t figure out how such a back would be attached. I know the upholstery is usually done after the chair is made, and seats and backs come off somehow, but I can’t picture how it is held firmly onto the chair. It has to sit there so it looks good from the back, and so that someone leaning back doesn’t bust it out.

Any hints? Are there any books out there that cover this type of chair? I’ve got books on Windsor chairs, and the FWW books on chairs and tables and there is nothing in there to cover backs like that.

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#1 posted 09-18-2013 02:34 AM

You can carefully set screws in the back. Brass ones are
nice and countersunk and turned so the slots are all
the same direction looks good.

Some guitar amplifiers and loudspeakers use blind clips
to secure fabric grates and I think these might work
well. Go to a big music store and pull the grates off
a few. Some may use hook and loop but there are
other systems.

This concern has troubled me as well because I
am very interested in chairmaking. Mark Ripley’s
book has 4 chair designs in it which are pro-grade
and at least one addresses upholstered back splats.

Chairmaking is just poorly documented, period. The
most thorough books cover folk chairs like windsor
chairs. Plans and insight on making fine dining chairs
is spotty and I think this is because most chair
designs require a lot of jig-making and setup so
it is a small market for information since most
cabinetmakers get intimidated.

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#2 posted 09-18-2013 12:44 PM

Loren, thanks for the leads. I hadn’t heard of Mark Riipley but his website has a lot of stuff. Is this the book you’re talking about?

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