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This is my favorite dining chair. Totally made from cherry. (most windsors are made from various woods) Made 90% with handtools. Thanks for looking & if you comment I am appreciative.

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#1 posted 04-18-2010 09:06 PM

Looks great, nicely done.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#2 posted 04-18-2010 09:06 PM

Nice job!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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#3 posted 04-18-2010 09:24 PM

What type of hand tools are you using? Spoke shaves and a shaving mule? Nicely done!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#4 posted 04-18-2010 09:35 PM

Hey , nmh: lathe turned the legs, stretchers, arm posts. Travishers and round bottom plane & such for seat. Spokeshaves for spindles and clean up on seat, etc…Rasps and sandpaper, router, & Handpowered drill. I may have missed a few, but that’s it. thanks for your comment.

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#5 posted 04-18-2010 09:43 PM

Great looking chair. It brings to mind the old question how’s your pommel ? LOL

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 04-19-2010 12:24 AM

That’s lovely, Michelle. I like the splay of the legs; it looks sturdy instead of spread too far apart and angled out. The hoop back is nice, too, and continuous arm. Sweet!


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#7 posted 04-19-2010 01:47 AM

You know, I get used to seeing windsor chair projects here and I have to remind myself “This is a big accomplishment!” You did an excellent job on a very challenging project!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 04-19-2010 02:32 AM

I have been away from LJ for a while, but that is a nice looking chair. I started building Windsors last May and have built 7 different chairs now and have all the forms and patterns made for future use. Did you take instruction from any one or a master? I plan to get juried hopefully. I have experienced different with milk paints and have studied windsors for a long time so it came natural to me when I started making them. I have more of a roll over from the pommel around to the chair arm stubs. I only paint my Windsors with milk paint. If I get any orders for a cherry windsor I will let you know. Nice clean work and what kind of finish is on your chairs? I use 4 parts BLO and 1 part mineral spirits. If I can help in anyway let me know.

-- Humble Wood Servant

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#9 posted 04-19-2010 06:01 AM

Very nice work, Michelletwo. I’ve done several Windsors using the traditional woods, with a milk paint finish to bring it together. Working all in cherry allows you the luxury of a natural finish without the mismatch problem. How touchy was the steambending process with cherry? I suspect the seat carving was a good bit more work than with pine.

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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#10 posted 04-19-2010 11:39 AM

Thanks all for taking the time to comment. It is much appreicated. Finish: I believe I used a danish, and wax..My memory isn’t my finest attribute. I do not like shiny finishes, and like the wood to look & feel like wood. The cherry has had time to get the spectacular old cherry color. Yep, Grant I have made many of the standard pine seat, ash,maple, whatever combos. The cherry is such a feast for the eyes. Bending the cherry was much more difficult. The piece had to be absolutely perfect, and I took special care with it. But it’s head & shoulders easier than a continuous arm. Now there’s a real buzzard of a job. I made one & I will never make another. And digging out the seat was not like pine..I did resort to some power assist!!!!

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#11 posted 04-19-2010 10:02 PM

a made well work, I have never made any chair of cherry tree, suppose that the inconvenient only one is his increase of weight, the seat of pine makes them lighter but also weaker. I am sorry that you have not done any more photography.

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#12 posted 04-19-2010 10:05 PM

Thank you Ramon. Next project I will try to do more photography.

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#13 posted 04-20-2010 04:53 AM


It looks very authentic. I love Windsors, but have decided that I will concentrate on making simple things with straight lines that I can accomplish in my lifetime. Windsors are for the talented woodworkers like you!

Thanks for sharing.

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#14 posted 04-29-2010 01:42 AM

Great chair Michelle! I am at a Windsor NYC chair class in NH with a fellow Lumberjock right now! I will post the results when I return home.

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#15 posted 05-01-2014 11:32 PM

A very unique chair! Beautifully done

-- A poor workman blames his tools. Mr.B, Ontario Canada

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