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Slat Back Chair


Oct. 30th to Nov. 3rd, 2023 | 9:00am to 5:00pm

Chair making can be intimidating but this slat back chair course is a great way to overcome the challenges of making chairs while walking away with a gorgeous piece of furniture.

  • Materials include
  • Lunch included

See Details and Tool List Below


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Furniture Type


Skill Level

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Time Frame

Weekdays – Daytime

Name: Slat Back Chair Making Workshop
Instructor: Jeffrey Miller
Skill Level: All
Prerequisites: None

Format: Week long in-person course

Material: Cherry


October 30th to November 3rd, 2023


Class Description:

This chair makes a great introduction to the challenges of chair making. To make the Slat-Back Chair we cut and smooth curves in solid wood, laminate the curves on the slats, learn to deal with the complexities of angles in chairs, deal with sophisticated joinery, and more. And it all comes together in a striking and comfortable design that fits in well with many styles. The skills learned in this class can be applied to countless design variations, opening up an entire world of chair making possibilities.


Topics and skills covered will include:

  • Safety
  • Milling wood
  • Machine usage
  • Chair design and construction
  • Marking, measuring and Layout
  • Curved parts
  • Bent lamination
  • Dealing with complex angles
  • Mortise and Tenon joinery
  • Angled joinery


What you’ll need:


  • Paper and pencil
  • Eye, ear, and dust mask personal protection equipment
  • 6” or 12” steel ruler – Graduated to 32nds
  • Tape measure – 9′-12’ is great
  • Combination square – 4” or 6”
  • #4 or #5 Bench plane – sharpened and ready to go
    • We have a few you may borrow if you do not have one
  • Router Plane
    • We have a few you may borrow if you do not have one
  • Shoulder Plane
    • We have a few you may borrow if you do not have one

Recommended (If you don’t bring your own you will have to share the school’s limited quantity)

  • Block plane
  • Marking knife
  • Bevel gauge
  • Marking gauge
  • Spokeshave – flat bottomed or curved
  • Card Scraper
  • Chisels – a set of 4 or 5 from 1/4” to 3/4” or 1”.
  • Mallet


Austin School of Furniture has the right to cancel this class at anytime if the minimum amount of students is not reached.

See our Refund Policy here

In stock

Register now and earn 1,575 Points!

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