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  1. #1
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Jiutepec Morelos, Mexico

    Chair for a secretary

    I am in the process of building a secretary. I just started.
    Looking in the future, it will require a chair.
    I belive a hepplewhite chair will be a nice companion for this kind
    of secretary as it is shown in a picture of reference a).
    Also a corner chair is a good option.
    I have found a plan for the hepplewhite chair in a Gottshall book (ref b)
    and in reference c there is a plan for a corner chair (or roundabout chair).
    Nice pictures of similar chairs are found in:
    Does somebody has additional information or advice for building
    one of these chairs?
    Any help will be greatly appreciated.

    Many thanks in advance

    Saludos cordiales

    a) Allan Breed, "Remaking a master piece".Home Furniture, Spring 1995, page 20

  2. #2
    I prefer the corner chair to use with a Secretary. I have not made a secretary, but I did make a corner chair using the Vandal plan as a guide. As usual, I never make anything by a plan. Just use them to help work out the dimensions, joinery, etc. Here is a picture of the one I made.
    Included a ball & claw foot, rear legs are turned off center, and curved the front rails.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Mar 2003
    SE PA - Central Bucks County
    Alfredo, that looks like a fun and challenging project. I don't have the skills or experience for such exquisite work, but the one thing I can say is "prototype", and more than once if necessary.



    The most expensive tool is the one you buy "cheaply" and often...

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Jiutepec Morelos, Mexico
    John and Jim,
    thanks for your replies.

    Saludos cordiales

  5. #5
    Join Date
    Feb 2003
    New Orleans LA

    A Coincidence

    I delivered the secretary/desk I've been working on this weekend. A number of chairs were tried with it, but nothing fit. There was more than one hint dropped that a chair might be necessary. So I am intrested in the answers you get here. see for the style of my sec/desk.

    I'd like to see a picture of yours, but don't have that issue of Home Furniture. Do you have a picture you could post?

    I do have two of the books you quote and will get them out. I may have to reconsider the use of the word "final" in my above post.
    18th century nut --- Carl

  6. #6
    Join Date
    Nov 2005
    Jiutepec Morelos, Mexico

    It is an honor

    The secretary that I started recently it is a Townsend-Goddard
    secretary. Beautiful replicas can be found in the following websites:<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-comfficeffice" /><o></o><o></o>

    I want to get a copy of this items/56346/item56346.html

    I saw your website and you build beautiful furniture.

    Best regards


  7. #7
    Please post pictures of your progress. Looks like a great project with lots of pleasant hours of joinery, carving, fitting and finishing. Hope to one day try one of these, but too many other demands from kids and wife right now. Keep us posted.

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