Legacy Project: The Dundas Rocking Chair #8: The Graduation Photos and Final Reflections

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Blog entry by Lee Barker posted 12-07-2012 06:02 PM 5112 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My first impression of the finished chair was from the picture here. It appears to lean back in an uninviting, even risky way. That feeling left my enthusiasm for the project carefully metered. I couldn’t even get past that to appreciate other parts of it that, in isolation, are quite pleasant.

Now when I look at the chair I am totally smitten.

Minwax Wipe On Poly: six coats on the rockers, 5 on the rest of the chair. Final finish: Watco Satin Wax. It is a joy to touch.

I may end up shipping this, I am not sure. But for now I’m treating this as the cast party, where we grieve the characters who are no longer with us.

The pictures are all taken from the table, artificial I know, but in a way they’re accurate if you’re sitting in another chair and looking at this one.

I just can’t find an angle which isn’t pleasing to my eye. Thank you Mr. Dundas, for your superb design and excellent plans and narrative. And thank you, Mrs. S., for giving me the opportunity to be a surrogate woodworker for your departed husband and, for a while feeling as if I am part of your family. The privilege is mine.

-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#1 posted 12-07-2012 07:14 PM

I concur Lee. A pleasure to look at and I can only imagine that it is equally pleasurable to touch the graceful curves and transitions. My congratulations to both the designer and the builder. Magnifique.

-- Greg, No. Cal. - "Gaudete in Domino Semper"

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#2 posted 12-07-2012 08:44 PM


-- Joel

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#3 posted 12-07-2012 10:40 PM

Beautiful chair, excellent craftsmanship, nicely finished, graceful flowing lines,
and I like the more upright position better than that on the original chair.
Another accomplishment by the master.

-- Terry Ferguson, Bend Oregon

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#4 posted 12-07-2012 11:25 PM

Nice rockler.

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#5 posted 12-08-2012 02:59 PM

Beautiful chair. Masterful workmanship.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 12-31-2012 08:48 PM

Lee, I was holding off on a comment till the series was complete (and then some it seems) so that I could read through it in one go.

This is a building weblog as it should be, with important details given, tip and tricks, good photography, a history with reflection and a generous dollop of humour here and there.

I’m not much of a rocking chair fan (yet) but I too am smitten by the good looks of this one. Chair building kind of scares me, but after seeing you break it down into steps and end up with this most delightful result I may be emboldened. Thanks for taking the time to document a most wonderful project. Instant Karma’s going to get you I’m sure.


btw, solventized? is that a word? it should be if it isn’t.

-- gene@toronto.ontario.canada : dovetail free since '53, critiques always welcome.

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