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Ladderback chair tutorial in April issue of American Miniaturist

Ladderback chairs pictured in the Fairfield, with a Cassidy Creations kitchen table that I built from a kit.

Last fall I was looking for half scale ladderback chairs to use in the kitchen of my puzzle house and, unable to find what I wanted, I ended up making my own. I looked at designs in All About Doll Houses and Dollhouse Style for inspiration. Then I went to my local mini shop and browsed the spindles to find some that had decorative tops that looked similar to the finial tops of a ladderback chair. Houseworks makes 2″ spindles that are perfect since that translates to 4′ in half scale—just the right height for a dining chair.

A tutorial for this project has been published in the April 2010 issue of American Miniaturist (issue 84). If you’d like to check it out and don’t have a shop nearby that carries it, you can buy a copy online.

This is my first article in American Miniaturist and I’m pleased with how it turned out. The magazine is smaller than a standard size magazine (like the old Nutshell News issues were) and they have a lot of how-to articles with clear, step-by-step instructions and plenty of pictures.


  1. What a wonderful idea! I simply must try this, as I would love some ladderback chairs! Millie

  2. Congrats on having your tutorial in the magazine! The chairs are adorable.

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