Ladder-Back Dining Chair
Take the challenge out of making the curved parts for these dining chairs by using templates and our step-by-step instructions.
Building chairs: just the thought of it brings out a certain uneasiness in many woodworkers. At first, the curved back leg and back slats may seem a little intimidating. But they’re fairly easy to cut by using a template to rough out the shape on a band saw. Then you can use the same template to smooth them on a router table. Woodworking is not the only challenge when building a chair. You also have to upholster the seat and this plan includes step-by-step directions to help you. But the thing I like most about this chair is sitting in it. The curved back fits a body’s shape nicely. And it’s a comfortable angle — straight enough for eating, yet comfortable for sitting.
These chairs have a matching table. See the Dining Table plan.
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- Metric (unavailable)
What You Get:
- 11 printable (digital) pages of step-by-step instructions
- 60 full-color photos and illustrations
- Cutting diagrams and materials list
- Patterns for the curved parts
- Shop-tested guarantee from the editors of Woodsmith magazine
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The United States Customary System of Units (USCS or USC), more commonly referred to as the English or Imperial system, is the standard set of units for our plans. It uses inches and feet for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are in the United States, and it is the one we have traditionally offered on this website.
The International System of Units (SI), more commonly referred to as the metric system, is the alternative set of units that we have available for some of our plans. It uses millimeters, centimeters, and meters for measurement. This is the one you probably want if you are outside the United States. These plans are provided by our business partner, Australian Woodsmith, and are based on the original Woodsmith plan. However, dimensions and other elements of the plan may vary between the metric and standard versions. Be sure to double-check the plan before building.