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Civil War Officer's Chair Plan

Civil War Officer's Chair Downloadable Plan

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Civil War Officer's Chair Downloadable Plan
Civil War Officer's Chair Downloadable Plan

A piece of classic Americana, this folding chair holds a place in our nation's history. One item of furniture that seemed to be everywhere during the Civil War was a particular style of folding chair that was very popular with officers. These chairs were common before the war — they were the mid-19th century equivalent of the folding chairs nearly everyone today has stashed in a closet — but once the army started moving, officers both North and South took these chairs with them. By war's end, thousands more were manufactured to meet the demand. It's no wonder we see them so frequently in the photographic record.


Usually made of oak, these chairs featured a carpet or tapestry seat and, while it might not be apparent, it was that fabric seat that held the chair in its upright position — remove the fabric and the chair collapses. The chairs folded flat for storage or transport; pivoting joints were anchored with mild-steel rivets, the most common method of the day.

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Civil War Officers Chair Plans
I'm not any "Cookie cutter" Woodworker, I enjoy one of a kind, Heirloom Quality Projects - This set of plans has a LOT of future options (species, steam bending, joinery ,even finish)- I'll try the 1st w/ quartersawn white oak, heated ammonia fumes for color (as was the norm for that period) Bocote next??, Hickory- Very Cool!! (I'm limited by my RA, no finished chair yet), 3 weeks I hope
October 2, 2018
Purchased
10 months ago
Woodworking Experience:
Advanced
great
well detailed plans and step by step walk through
March 4, 2018
Purchased
1 year ago
Woodworking Experience:
Intermediate
First Time Was A Charm!
This plan was essential for me to attempt this project. I was exposed to a number of firsts, such as: first chair I have ever constructed, first mortise and tenon work, band sawing curved larger components, riveting components that articulate, upholstering. Although a few more details on "how to do" a few things would have helped, in the end, I figured everything out. Overall the plan was great. I was able to print-off full scale drawings and templates, too. In the end, I am very proud of the workmanship that resulted from doing this project. I recommend this plan.
December 15, 2014
Looks great!
The info looks great but I've been unable to download the plans to get them printed, after trying a few times, I exceeded the download limit, and was blocked from trying anymore.
December 11, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
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I'm providing props for a play and this is the exact look we wanted.
Madelyn Y on Mar 16, 2019
I need an appropriate chair for re-enacting at Fort Nisqually.
Dorcy G on Feb 20, 2019
I'm providing props for a play and this is the exact look we wanted.
Madelyn Y on Mar 16, 2019
I have a picture of my Great Grandfather, shortly after the civil war, sitting in a chair much like this one, while fishing from the Ohio river bank. I guess it's just something I had to have.
Joseph P on Mar 1, 2019
I need an appropriate chair for re-enacting at Fort Nisqually.
Dorcy G on Feb 20, 2019
Easier and quicker than drawing my own plans.
Peter R on Dec 16, 2018
Fun looking project and a nice chair.
Jon E on Jun 21, 2018
Because I want to build one.
John C on Oct 29, 2017
Beautiful oak, elegant lines which will work well with my Living Room (Oak Room). These will be used as extra seating for our home church guests.
Charles R on Oct 3, 2017
both myself and my wife think these look great and I look forward to the challenge
robert y on Jan 25, 2016
I wanted to make this as I am a Civil War buff
Dave M on Dec 5, 2015
Been wanting for a while, and finally came across what I was looking for.
kevinwoodworker on Jun 2, 2015
like the looks and history
David R on May 24, 2015
I have a picture of my Great Grandfather, shortly after the civil war, sitting in a chair much like this one, while fishing from the Ohio river bank. I guess it's just something I had to have.
Joseph P on Mar 1, 2019
Easier and quicker than drawing my own plans.
Peter R on Dec 16, 2018
I am having trouble finding the rivets called for in the plan, where can I find the rivets called for in the plan?
Linda C on Apr 27, 2018
Can someone please tell me where I can order the tapestry from? All the pieces are cut just need the fabric!! Thanks, KB
Kent B on Jan 31, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I found mine at JoAnn Fabrics, but any fabric store should have it. The upholstery fabric did not appear to be strong enough to use as a stand alone seat so I backed it with 16oz canvas. Works great.

Don L
Do you know of any other plans for a Civil War chair, with a fabric sling seat and back? We saw these already made at the re-enactment in Gettysburg. Thank you!
Pat C on Jul 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I used this plan and built a chair. The plan was excellent and the chair was easy to complete. I found some tapestry material for the seat and had that professionally bound and added. The chair is designed as one would be for a mid 1800's man. If you plan to use it often then it could be made just a little wider. I have used mine but its mostly for display.
what issue was civil war officers chair plans in?
Dave K on Jul 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I am not sure of an issue of any sorts, I found it on pinterest and did a search for it on Rocker. Just go to Rockler's website and do a site search for "officer's chair" and it will come up.
Is the chair already put together or does it have to be built?
Daniel J on Sep 21, 2015
BEST ANSWER: It is a plan you are purchasing not a finished item. There is steam bending involved in this project, enjoy.