Classic Side Chair Class
taught by Jeff Lefkowitz • Strasburg, Virginia
A contemporary version of the post & rung side chair with turned front legs and flat front and side rails that improve ergonomics and style. This chair uses the same bending forms and many of the same drilling jigs as the post & rung side chair.
This six day class will take you, step-by-step, through the process of hand crafting a Boggs designed Classic 3-slat Ladderback Side Chair. Because class size is limited to two students, you get very personalized instruction and can work at your own pace. Every process is broken down into small, manageable steps so that you can concentrate on mastering one task at a time before moving onto the next. Whenever a new process is introduced, especially for hand shaping, you are given the opportunity to practice on spare material before working on your actual chair part. In addition to showing you how, I always explain why, so that you will understand underlying concepts and how each step fits into the big picture.
In this advanced class you’ll build on the skills you acquired in the introductory class. You’ll learn how to shape the front and side rails and how to cut a very precise mortise and tenon joint. And we’ll introduce some methods of working used in production chair shops.
Learn how to
- Hand shape curved and straight parts using a drawknife, spokeshave and scraper
- Prep and turn the front legs
- Shape the front and side rails and cut the mortise and tenon joint
- Work with angles and curved parts
- Use moisture content and grain orientation to make a long-lasting joint
- Assemble using hide glue
- Sharpen chairmaking tools
- Weave a hickory bark seat
Review how to
- Select lumber and mill parts for chairmaking
- Steam bend the rear legs and slats
Fully illustrated manual
The class includes an 80+ page, fully illustrated manual, that documents the process for building your chair from beginning to end. It serves as a step-by-step reminder of the steps taught in class. Because the manual is so complete it minimizes or eliminates the need for you to take notes. This allows you to spend all your class time learning new techniques and working on your chair.
Part of the challenge of building a chair in your home shop is making the bending forms and jigs. The manual that is included in the class fee has drawings and dimensions for the every form and jig needed to build this chair at home and you can copy templates for the bending forms and slats.
The Class Experience
Although the manual should provide you with all the information you need to make this chair in your own shop I am also available, via e-mail, to answer questions as they come up.
Located in the Shenandoah Valley
All classes take place in my shop about 5 miles from Strasburg, Virginia, a small town located in the Shenandoah Valley about 75 miles west of Washington, DC. It is close to the intersection of I-81 and I-66 so it is easy to get to.
To ask questions or register for a class call 540-409-7680 or click here to contact me via e-mail
You can see the 2015 Chair Class Schedule here.
Class fee: $1,150. Includes 6 days of instruction, chair and seat materials, and fully illustrated manual.
Class size: Maximum of 2 students
Deposit: A $200 deposit is required to reserve a class spot