Barb's favorite Windsor Chair

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Project by Rev. Jim Paulson posted 12-09-2009 07:30 PM 2066 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my wife Barb’s favorite style of Windsor chair. I made it this year when I took a Nantucket Fan Ban class with Mike Dunbar at the Windsor Institute. The chair parts involve maple, pine and oak for the woods and the finish was black over red milk paint. Before the milk paint was applied, I treated the chair with a medium walnut dye.

What made this project more distinctive was that I applied an antique crackle finish on the milk paint which gave it a distressed look. I think that the end result was worth the extra time needed to smooth the surface. I found that a gel wipe on polyurethane helped smooth out the relief on the final painted surface especially on the seat. Like the Philadelphia high back chair design, I really like carving the knuckles on the arms.

One of my parishioners came over recently. She took one look at four different Windsors in my living room and this was the chair that she picked to sit in.

Hope you enjoy the pics. I have one in the making right now for a family member. Thanks for looking.


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#1 posted 12-09-2009 07:33 PM

What a fine piece of work and a comfortable looking chair. Great job on finish also – really does look like a vintage piece.

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#2 posted 12-09-2009 08:08 PM

Welcome Rev. beautiful chairs you’re making there. I have some plans but haven’t gotten around to it yet. Hope you enjoy your time here as much as I have. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 12-09-2009 11:31 PM

That is a beautiful chair.

-- garzagirl

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#4 posted 12-10-2009 05:32 PM

Nicely done! I’m currently working on a set of six windsors. Unfortunately, I did not have the good fortune to attend one of Dunbar’s classes like you. I’m just muddling through. I too especially enjoy carving the knuckles. Now if I could just figure a way to build a set for a family of octopuses (or would that be octopi)!

Thanks for sharing your work.


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#5 posted 12-10-2009 07:43 PM

yo tambien la eligiria para sentarme,este es uno de los modelos que quiero fabricar algun dia

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#6 posted 12-11-2009 12:07 AM

very nice chair – looks quite comfortable

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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