This piano bench was designed and made for my daughters when they began learning to play the piano. Two adults can easily play together sitting on the bench and its seat shape automatically encourages good posture in players and has been found to be very comfortable. The example shown is in English oak and elm and was fumed lightly in ammonia to give a slightly darken the colour of the oak.
Maximum dimensions: 52″ x 17.25″ x 21.5″ ( w x d x h )
The design of the piano bench is simple and is an extended stool. Its length requires six legs and therefore three side-stretchers and two long centre stretchers. The leg design is American from around 1780 and the centre stretchers use a design from the same era.
The seat is long and heavily sculpted. No more than 3/8” of thickness is left at the low point of the seat and much wood is also removed to the front of the seat. The resulting piece is light and easy to move.
Unlike most chairs, the seat is positioned parallel to the floor so that the player is not thrown away from the piano. The height of the under surface of the seat is 19” above the floor both at the front and back of the bench. This height is greater than for normal chairs and should be carefully considered if the bench is ever to be used at a table.
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The chair shown has been made by James Mursell of The Windsor Workshop in Sussex, England.
James’ guiding principle when creating Windsor chairs is to make them as elegant as possible. This is achieved by removing all unnecessary wood from the chair. In addition each part is shaped to minimise its visual weight, where appropriate.
Chair Making Courses
No previous experience is necessary to successfully complete a Windsor chair making course and yet experienced woodworkers will still be fully challenged. Individual guidance and assistance will be provided as appropriate, and every effort will be made to ensure a rewarding and enjoyable course.
Chair Making Book
Written by James Mursell, this book was the first new book about the making and design of Windsor chairs for over 10 years. It was written with a broad readership in mind and is aimed at existing Windsor chair makers and also at those who are contemplating making their first chair.
“This tool is phenomenal. I bought two, one for myself and another for my Windsor chairmaker instructor. Compared to the other travishers I have used, yours is very good to work with and everyone who has tried it loves it. I just ordered a second one and your two spokeshaves which I trust will be as enjoyable to use. Thanks again for making such great tools.” LG (USA) 2015