Windsor Sack Back Rocking chair

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Project by F Dudak posted 08-15-2010 07:18 AM 2067 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello All,

Promised a young lady from work a rocking chair after she had seen one of my chairs here. The only stipulation was that she had to be with child first. Well apparently she must want a chair really bad because she is expecting in December. Took me about two weeks on and off to get this chair completed and now it is ready for paint. The toughest thing about this rocker is getting the legs coplaner,making the bridle cuts for the rockers, and fitting spindles in the bow. The spindles need to be tight in the bow to support the crest. This operation leaves you with your heart in your throat because of the sounds the bow makes while being tapped on and off for the spindle fitting. The contorted shapes that the bow takes on during the process is no help either. Once the last wedge has been driven in the bow there is a moment of silence out of respect for all the broken bows that have never been successfully mounted on a chair. I really hope she enjoys the chair and is able to pass it down to the child she is carrying now. There is a baby shower coming up for her soon and I will make sure she gets the chair before then. Hope you enjoy the chair as much as I enjoyed making it.

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

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#1 posted 08-15-2010 12:06 PM

Outstanding, but I wouldn’t expect anything but from you. Did she choose a milk paint color yet? Good job Fred.

-- Rick, Union,KY

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#2 posted 08-15-2010 12:51 PM

WOWthe requirements to have one of your chairs is a hurdle I can’t climb! She’s a beauty..well crafted..we all see so many lovely chairs on this site, we forget how GOSH DARN hard these are to make. Thanks for sharing

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#3 posted 08-15-2010 01:51 PM

Having done a couple of Windsor chairs – I say well done!

-- Bruce from Central New, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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#4 posted 08-15-2010 02:15 PM

A tremendous amount of work and skill, exceptioanlly executed.

Nicely done!!!

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#5 posted 08-15-2010 05:00 PM

Fred—you da man! Your seats are looking VERY precise!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#6 posted 08-15-2010 05:00 PM

Great looking Windsor chair. Just beautiful, I know what goes into it, I mean the work involved. Very nice.

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

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#7 posted 08-15-2010 07:15 PM

Excelente trabajo,por supuesto nosotros ya hemos disfrutado de tu trabajo.Espero que publiques algo cuando la hayas pintado,creo que merece la pena.

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#8 posted 08-15-2010 08:59 PM

I love the photo of the winding sticks…dead on! If you didn’t have some sort of difficult requirement for receipt of a chair, you’d never get any built for your own home. Nice job.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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F Dudak

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#9 posted 08-17-2010 03:30 AM

Thanks for the kind words everyone!

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

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#10 posted 08-17-2010 02:19 PM

Nice Job Fred…as usual !

-- Mark,

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