“three footed chair”

three footed stool, ash & cherry
three footed stool, ash & cherry
This turned chair has a beveled panel for a seat, captured in grooves in the thee seat rails. This requires that the seat rails all be at the same height. This is acheived by using interlocking tenons; in this case a rectangular tenon pierced by a turned tenon. Each seat rail has one of each tenon, and they chase each other around the chair frame.
seat rails\' joinery
seat rails
I turn the parts on the pole lathe; the ash is riven, or split from the log. Nice straight-grained wood is essential. The rectangular tenons are cut with a saw, and split with a chisel.
turning a round tenon
turning a round tenon
sawing a shoulder for the rectangular tenon
sawing a shoulder for the rectangular tenon
splitting the waste off the rectangular tenon
splitting the waste off the rectangular tenon
more to follow…


6 thoughts on ““three footed chair”

  1. Oh aren’t we the speedy one ! I was just getting ready to respond to the last post and POOF ! Ya out did me.
    Wanted to say I left my own woodworking project to watch the clip of you and Mr. Underhill. Couldn’t quite get the last bit to download so I missed out on the hinge thingys…but it sure was grand to watch you work on film. The tools, steady in your confident hands were quite the contrast to his goofy gangly interruptions. It was a blast !

  2. Wow, I must have missed this post the first time through. I have always wondered about how they did that. I wasn’t sure when I first read this post, but i went back to some images I had saved from the V&A three legged chair, and you are right. I have never noticed that in any of the pictures before, now I know to look for it.

    I hope to make one of these chairs someday, thanks for the inspiration. I might have to go back through all your blog postings again, I tend to learn something every time i do.


  3. Peter,

    I believe your treadle is the best I’ve seen yet and I’ve surely studied a thousand of your pics in an effort to glean some details. Your comments regarding the pole lathe and its operation are very helpful as well. Thanks for sharing.

    Will Foster

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