Saturday, September 27, 2014

Reproduction Side Chairs

Reproduction Queen Anne Side Chairs
Handmade by Doucette and Wolfe Furniture Makers

Original Queen Anne Rush Seat Side Chair attributed to William Savery of Pennsylvania circa 1750

18th Century Pennsylvania Side Chair Rush Seat
Original William Savery Side Chair 1750

Reproduction Queen Anne Side Chairs pictured with the original chair front left

Reproduction Chippendale Chair
Reproduction Side Chair with original Savery Chair (front left)

First,  full scale drawings and patterns are made from the original chair
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Original Queen Anne Side Chair 

Lightly figured tiger maple is selected for the set of chairs we are making.  The rough materials are selected to match throughout the set of chairs.

Tiger Maple and Regular Maple for chair partsTiger Maple Chair process

The Legs partially shaped and ready for joinery

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Chair Legs

 The legs are shaped and detailed entirely by hand 

Chair Maker hand shaping chair legs Matt Wolfe
Hand shaping the legs

Legs with rear seat rails fit

reproduction chair making process
Chair Process

The chairs with back splats and crest rails fit, shaping is next

Handmade Reproduction Chair process
Original Pennsylvania Chair with Reproductions

Chairs with the shaping of the crest rails and back splats

High End Reproduction Chairs Queen Anne Chippendale
Reproduction Chair Process

Final shaping and clean up of the chair backs

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Chair back after shaping

Chair detail of the back of the crest rail and back splat

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Back Splat and Crest Rail Detail

Laying out the rough maple blanks for the legs.  A pattern is made off the original chair and transferred onto the square blanks.

Antique Reproduction Furniture Process
leg blanks

The legs after rough cutting on the bandsaw

crook’d feet
chair legs

Final shaping of the legs is done by hand

Fine tiger maple chair legs handmade
Shaped Chair Legs

Turning the side and back stretchers is next

lathe for turning furniture parts
Lathe after turning chair stretchers

Stretchers turned, fitting the joinery is next

turned chair parts

 Chairs with stretchers fit

Reproduction 18th Century Furniture
Leg and Front Stretcher Detail

Queen Anne Side Chair Reproduction
Side Chair

Chairs completed and ready for finish and natural rush seats.  The shaped aprons are applied after the rush seat is complete

Queen Anne Chippendale Pennsylvania
Reproduction Side Chairs

Comparison pics of the original chair and reproductions. 
(The original chair had a repaired back leg where the side and back stretcher met.  The joinery was too close together weakening the leg, so we raised the lower back stretcher to avoid this on the reproductions)

Rush Seat Reproduction Side ChairsReproduction Queen Anne Side Chair

Pennsylvania Chairs comparisonreproduction chair

Chairs with a majority of the finishing completed. Now we will take them to get the natural cat tail rush seats before the final coats of finish are applied.

Pennsylvania Reproduction Chairs
Reproduction Chairs

These chairs are currently in the finishing process, we will have updated photos soon.