Latest rocking chairs (full size and child's)

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Last two chairs of 2009. A full size walnut and a 75% child’s chair of cherry.

-- Les, Arkansas,

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#1 posted 01-09-2010 09:43 PM

That’s really pretty stuff.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 01-09-2010 09:48 PM


-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#3 posted 01-09-2010 09:59 PM

I think just about every woodworkers dream is to build a beautiful rocking chair like these 2. These are excellent. I have not tried one of these yet, but the day is coming.

Well done.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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Les Casteel

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#4 posted 01-09-2010 10:27 PM

Thanks guys for the nice comments about the chairs. I’ve built over 60 of them since 2003.

Rich, I see you live out north of Hiawatha, I lived in Cedar Rapids for about 4 years after I got out of the army. I see you like GRIZZLY Stuff. I live close to Springfield, MO and they have a 20,000ft showroom there so I visit pretty regularly.

Anyway, thanks again!

-- Les, Arkansas,

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#5 posted 01-10-2010 01:11 PM

I love these chairs. Beautiful work.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#6 posted 01-10-2010 02:32 PM

Great job, I love them!

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#7 posted 01-10-2010 02:39 PM


-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#8 posted 01-11-2010 01:58 PM

Fantastic , how did you finish them ?

-- Do you like it here or would you rather be working ? .

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#9 posted 01-11-2010 04:43 PM

Yes, I’d be interested in your finish as well. Just Beautiful.

Someday I hope to be able to do one of these.

-- Just remember,it was a lone amatuer that built the ark, and a team of experts built the Titanic.

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Les Casteel

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#10 posted 01-11-2010 10:01 PM

A lot of people disagree with me on my choice of finish. I don’t oil my chairs because my experience has taught me that the oils in the skin will break down oil and lacquer’s over time and poly stands up longer. So, I start with oil and finish with poly.

I start with two coats of thinned linseed oil to bring out the grain. Then 4 coats of polyurthene rubbed on with a soft rag (usually MINWAX). Each coat gets rubbed with 400 grit in between. Finally, a coat of paste wax. Finishing takes about 12 hours.

-- Les, Arkansas,

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Tim Mahoney

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#11 posted 01-13-2010 06:20 PM

Lee, how do you market your chairs or projects?

-- Tim Mahoney, So Cal,

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Les Casteel

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#12 posted 01-14-2010 02:35 AM

Well, Tim, I have my website. I do a couple of art shows each year. And I do the National Harvest Festival in Silver Dollar City, Branson, Mo each year. In every show for the last 4 years I’ve sold at least one chair until 2009. I also have a gallery in Eureka Springs, AR and plan to pick up more this year. BUT, that 40% commission is hard to pay sometimes! Discouraging but I hope it picks up this year.

-- Les, Arkansas,

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#13 posted 01-14-2010 02:38 AM

Wonderful chairs great job.

-- Custom furniture

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