Finally! Windsor Rocker Complete!

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Project by F Dudak posted 02-18-2011 08:42 PM 1733 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is the Windsor Rocker posted some time ago for a co-worker that had to have been visited by the stork in order to receive it. Well, the stork came and went but the chairmaker was unable to deliver the “finished” chair on time. I am a month and a few weeks late. LOL Happy to have this completed because it was quite a bit more work going with a natural finish. When building the chair I was planning for milk paint as the traditional finish. She saw the chair prior to my finishing it and wanted to be clear coated. Knowing better not to argue with a woman on the nest I said it could be done. What I didn’t realize was that I had marked the chair up pretty good during the build and it would take a heck of a lot of work to clean it all up prior to finishing. The sad part is that during the cleaning up process the majority of the tool marks were removed which is what really makes the chair have character. All in all I was happy with the result. Waterlox sealer followed by Waterlox Satin was used in the finishing process. If I was to do this type of finish again I would use Ash for the upper portions of the chair to attain a more uniform appearance. The Red Oak really darkened with the application of the finish.

I hope she enjoys this chair for years to come and passes it on to her son.

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

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#1 posted 02-18-2011 08:58 PM

adventuresome! I have never made the extended back like that. have trouble with just normal sackbacks. Super piece. I’m sure the new mom will enjoy it. Great job!

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#2 posted 02-18-2011 10:07 PM

Way to go, Fred. I’m sure the Mom is thrilled with her chair. It is a shame you had to remove so much of your “signature”. I was at a class at The Windsor Institute when a fellow student drought in a chair he had made over 10 ago. His wife did not want the chair painted green (at the time of the original chair class, Mike Dunbar had not come off the road and settled in NH), which is what was done in Dunbar’s old class. They couldn’t agree on a color. fast forwrd, the chair was beautiful, it had mellowed to a great, warm amber. All of the tones evened out. Go look at this chair when the baby turns 13 and you’ll be pleased :)

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#3 posted 02-18-2011 10:49 PM

No comprendo muy bien todos los comentarios que realizan sobre los colores y el acabado,es un trabajo bien realizado aunque este modelo de silla no sea uno de mis favoritos,siempre he pensado que el cabecero superior es un aƱadido que no me gusta realizar en este tipo de silla.Por supuesto todas estas palabras no restan valor al trabajo bien hecho y tan solo es una opinion muy personal,un saludo.

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#4 posted 02-19-2011 02:52 AM

Great work Fred, on another beautiful windsor.

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#5 posted 02-19-2011 01:32 PM

great looking chair Fred I am sure she will enjoy it now and in the future, her son, and his children as well.

-- Rick, Union,KY

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Rev. Jim Paulson

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#6 posted 02-24-2011 06:39 PM


Thanks for posting the fine Windsor rocker. It looks great and, like Ken said, the natural colors will even out with time. I can’t wait to make one in September at the Windsor Institute. I’ll be making one eventually for my son and his wife. The due date for our first grandchild is March 10th.



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F Dudak

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#7 posted 02-26-2011 03:09 PM

Thanks for the kind words!

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

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