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Project by Kevin Violette posted 2498 days ago 2206 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

No power tools… No nails or screws… No sandpaper… ...NO PROBLEM!
Tools used to complete this:
axe
froe
drawknife
spokeshaves
coping saw
gent’s saw
bit brace
spoon bits
fred emhoff reamer
adze
scorp
compass plane
travisher
carving gouge
mallet
chisel
card scraper
treadle lathe
steam box
clamps

-- Kevin -- (http://www.furniturebykevin.com)





13 comments so far

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Thos. Angle

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#1 posted 2498 days ago

Well, that’s just dandy. I wish we had some more photos. But it looks like a good one.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Greg Mitchell

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#2 posted 2498 days ago

Great looking chair Kevin!

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, AR--gdamitchell@sbcglobal.net

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cajunpen

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#3 posted 2498 days ago

Nice chair. That WoodWright guy, Roy Underhill? would be proud.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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MsDebbieP

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#4 posted 2498 days ago

no power tools, you say?? !

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (https://www.facebook.com/DebbiePribeleENJOConsultant)

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Chip

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#5 posted 2497 days ago

Beautiful piece Biff and thanks for letting us see it.

-- Better to say nothing and be thought the fool... then to speak and erase all doubt!

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dennis mitchell

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#6 posted 2497 days ago

I don’t even know what a travisher is…awsome project.

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Dorje

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#7 posted 2497 days ago

Nice chair! Where’d/How’d you learn to make a Windsor?

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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Kevin Violette

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#8 posted 2496 days ago

1st—I added more pics. I have the complete photo journal on my website for this chair.
2nd—I listed all the hand tools I used and hope I did not miss any but yes no power tools were used.
3rd—A travisher is a curved spokeshave like tool that is used as a final tool when carving out a seat. First you would use an adze then a scorp or inshave then a compass plane and finally the travisher.

-- Kevin -- (http://www.furniturebykevin.com)

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YorkshireStewart

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#9 posted 2493 days ago

Absolutely delightful! I’m always fascinated by the way Windsor chair styles developed differently at each side of the Atlantic. O the subject of tools; did you use a tape measure. When I did a course on Windsors, I was discouraged from measuring anything. “If it looks right, it is right” was the motto of my tutor.

Oh, and the seat; is it made up from narrow boards? Elm is traditionally used for seats over here & obtaining wide boards is just about impossible.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business. http://www.folksy.com/shops/TreeGems

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Kevin Violette

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#10 posted 2493 days ago

What is a tape measure????
If it lokks right then forget about it!
The seat is made from gluing up three planks of 2.5” thick basswood.
Basswood is great to work with and very readily available here.

-- Kevin -- (http://www.furniturebykevin.com)

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#11 posted 2477 days ago

Beautiful!

It’s hard to believe you did this with no power tools.

I’ve built 2 Sack back Windsors. They’re fun to build.

I didn’t steam bend my curved pieces, they’re laminated.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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Bob A in NJ

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#12 posted 2340 days ago

Wow, very nice, i’m thinking about making one of these beaties, how long did it take to make one?

-- Bob A in NJ

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#13 posted 2337 days ago

Hi Kevin;

Next you’ll be doing projects with no wood! LOL

Really great job.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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