Windsor Chair Plans

These can be bought from this site either as digital downloads or as physical plans mailed to your home. The range of Windsor chair plans will steadily be increased over time in response to demand.

James Mursell, professional Windsor Chairmaker for the past 12 years, has made all the chairs featured on this site. They range from the traditional (English and American) through to James’ contemporary designs. 

The Windsor chair plans give all the information that is needed for an existing chair maker to create the chair. The plans do not offer instruction in how to make a chair. If you have not yet made a Windsor chair you can purchase James’ Windsor Chairmaking book or attend one of his courses at The Windsor Workshop in Sussex, England.

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The plans include all the information that you need, including: seat shape; turning templates; bending formers; key angles; and dimensions of all parts. READ MORE

Plans come in two forms: digital PDF downloads; and full-size hard copy mailed to your home.

Downloads come as scale drawings for printing on A4 / letter paper, or as full-size plans for printing on a local large scale printer (A0 / ANSI E). READ MORE

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If there is a type of chair that you are interested in but it’s not on the site please get in touch.

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Bar Stool

The bar stool shown is in ash and American cherry. This contemporary design is based on the Minimalist comb back and the stool will fit comfortably in both a modern and traditional setting. The examples shown have elm seats with the remainder of the chairs in ash.

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Bow-back side chair

Bow-back side chair

This classic American side chair is attractive from all angles and in any setting. The design dates from around 1780 and yet with the simple bamboo turnings it is timeless. This example has a cherry seat with the remainder of the chair in ash.

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Contemporary comb-back

Contemporary comb-back

This chair was first made using a pole lathe and won first prize in the side-chair category at the 2012 Bodgers Ball. Any lathe can of course be used to make the turnings and the spindles can be turned or shaved as preferred. The chair shown has an elm seat with the rest in ash.

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Contemporary double-bow chair

Contemporary double-bow chair

These armchairs feature prominently in both the English and American traditions. This large modern chair, shown here in ash with an elm seat, has features from both. It is designed to be used for relaxing and perhaps reading the paper. The wide seat, broad back and large number of spindles make it particularly comfortable.

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Minimalist Comb Armchair

Minimalist Comb Armchair

This armchair was designed to be paired with the minimalist comb side chair. The name is somewhat misleading as this is not a small chair, while the side chair is very compact. The example shown is made in ash with a cherry seat. The uniquely shaped seat is the most distinctive feature of the chair, with its crisp edges and smooth surface. The turnings are deliberately simple and contemporary.

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Minimalist Comb Side Chair

Minimalist Comb Side Chair

This minimalist comb side chair was designed to be both modern and compact, while still comfortable. The distinctive seat is trapezoid in outline. The seat hollow is circular and convex flares on each side enhance the lightness of its appearance. This example has an American cherry seat with ash. This chair is designed to be paired with the Minimalist Comb Armchair.

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Piano bench

Piano Bench

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.

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2-Seat Settee

2-Seat Settee

This contemporary two-seater combines aspects of traditional English and American Windsors. The crinoline stretcher, bent armposts 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.

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Wheelback Side Chair

Wheelback Side Chair

Ask a non-chairmaker in England to describe a Windsor chair and the chances are that they will picture a wheelback chair in their minds. The distinctive wheel motif in the splat was a Victorian development and was adopted by many English chair makers. These chairs were exported around the world. Double-bow armchairs were usually paired with the side chairs to make a set.

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Links to James Mursell’s other websites

Chairmaking Courses

The Windsor Workshop

Visit The Windsor Workhsop for details of James Mursell’s Windsor chair making courses in Sussex, England. There are 2- and 5-day courses available. These give the opportunity to learn all the fundamental techniques of making Windsor chairs. Students have traveled from all over the world to enjoy these classes.

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Specialist Chairmaking Tools

Travisher

Visit Travisher.com to find details of James Mursell’s unique travisher and spokeshaves. Designed and made by James, these tools make short work of shaping the seat of a Windsor chair. They are in use worldwide with discerning chair makers. Tools are usually in stock for immediate dispatch.

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