Turning Chair Back Legs

“All of these chairs had back legs that were straight, and this simple but not very comfortable design persisted into the 18th century. But then chair design took a great step forward with the advent of curved or angled back legs. This feature allowed the back of the chair to recline while still giving the chair proper stance to keep it from falling backward. Woodturners responded by developing turning methods to produce multi-axis back legs for chairs. This article describes the method I use to make these legs, some of which is gleaned from old books, and some I invented.”

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