Windsor Settee: 2-seat
This contemporary two-seater combines aspects of traditional English and American Windsors. The crinoline stretcher, bent arm posts and substantial arm and bow are typically English. The through-tenoning of the spindles is typically American. This adds visual impact, particularly when the wedges are made of a contrasting wood such as cherry or oak. The example chair is made of ash and sweet chestnut for the seat.
Maximum dimensions: 39″ x 22″ x 37.5″ ( w x d x h )
The two seats are sculpted from a single plank 1 7/8” thick. No more than ¼” of wood is necessary at the lowest point of the seat. The seat shape is not traditional and is shaped for both distinct looks and comfort.
Turnings are simple and understated in accordance with the contemporary design. Alternative patterns could be substituted, although it is important that the insertion point for the crinoline stretcher remains the same.
Windsor settees come in all lengths. This settee is relatively compact. It will suit a hallway or small alcove ideally, or stand alone in a living room.
Buy the Windsor Settee plans
For printing (pdf) on A4/letter size paper
Full size drawings
For printing on A0/ANSI E-size paper
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