Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Preserving the Tradition

Hand Crafted Chippendale Chair

Cut the complex curves, angles, and joinery by hand to build this classic piece of furniture. 5 Day class with Jeffery Miller


Handcrafted Chippendale Chair

Jeff Miller



In this 6 day class with Jeff Miller, you’ll learn how to approach a chair project, the process for dealing with its complexities, and come away with a classic and elegant showpiece.

Building a chair is one of the great challenges in woodworking. The combination of curves, angles, and the need for a structure able to withstand the abuses of sitting are all part of the challenge. This chair adds a classic and simple elegance into the mix. The Chippendale Chair is a project that you’ll want to show off; and building one will greatly increase your capabilities as a woodworker.

Class Description

We’ll do most of the work on this chair by hand (although there will be some bandsaw use).  Starting with a kit of parts prepared in advance, we’ll use planes, chisels, and a few less-familiar tools resurrected from the 19th Century. Jeff will guide you through through the process of:

  • Chopping and paring mortises and angled mortises
  • Sawing out the tenons
  • Shaping the legs and the faceted side rails and stretchers,
  • Shaping with the intriguing curves and angles distinctive of the Chippendale style


The School has fully equipped workbenches and you are welcome to use our tools. However we recommend that you bring your own tools.


The methods and a process in this class should be accessible for a woodworker who is comfortable with mortise and tenon joinery.

Class Information and Registration

Class starts at 9:00am on the first day.
Please read our What to Expect page for general information about the School.
Please also read our Registration Policy.

Class size: 10
Cost: $ 900
Materials Charge: $ 200
Register By: August 9, 2015

When you click on the Register link you will be able to register for the class or, if the class is full, sign up for the wait list.