Side Chair

ost woodworkers are familiar with the .unique construction of Windsor chairs. In a Windsor, the solid wooden seat is the central focus and structural anchor of the other chair elements. The bent chair back and legs are constructed separately and fitted independently into the seat with socketed joints— round tenons fitted into round sockets.

Unlike chairs where the back is an extension of the rear legs, the Windsor style allows the back to recline while the legs can be splayed outward for greater stability. Back in the late 18th ccnturv, this development was a real step forward in chair comfort and case of construction.

I bought the model for this side chair long ago in an antique shop in southern Maine, but the chair was probably made in the New York City area circa 1785 to 1800.

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