Windsor Rocking Chair & Stool

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Project by kenn posted 03-25-2011 09:04 PM 1735 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am delivering this chair and stool tomorrow to my patron who commissioned it. It is a gift for her son and daughter-in-law, who are having their first child this summer. I had the grandma-to-be come over and inscribe a personnal message on the underside of the seat for the recipients. The Mom to be is rather petite so I added the stool so she’d be comfortable rocking her baby. This chair is the first one that I’ve made where I turned all of the required parts. Overall, I very pleased with how it looks and sits. The turned parts are hard maple, the seat is a single piece of poplar and the spindles & crest are red oak. I finished it with a coat of Salem Red milk paint followed by Pitch Black milk paint. It has 2 coats of BLO and a coat of Danish Oil. I buffed it out with 3M pads and steel wool, leaving a touch of the red to show through.

1. The chair and stool
2. Carved knuckle and volute
3. Carved ear on creast
4. Close up of undercarriage & stool
5. Another view
6. The seat & arms

My client loves it so much, she wants another one for her own use. I’ve got another project in front of her so she’ll have to wait until the Fall. I take that as a sign that she’s pleased with the result.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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Andrew Boyce

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#1 posted 03-25-2011 10:22 PM

Absolutely wonderful piece of craftsmanship. This will certainly be cherished for more than one lifetime… be very proud..!

-- Maker of Stuff....

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#2 posted 03-25-2011 10:34 PM

Beautiful Rocker. A very nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware †

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#3 posted 03-26-2011 12:50 AM

Wow! Just a fantastic chair kenn. Nice work

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#4 posted 03-26-2011 02:48 AM

Cool. I recently saw Norm Abrams video on making a Windsor. Yours looks awesome. The design on the your turnings are very attractive. A Windsor is on my list to make as well. Great job!
Did you fabricate your own headrest or buy one bent already and shape it?

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#5 posted 03-26-2011 04:19 AM

I made it. I bought a log from a local lumber mill, split it, shaped it, carved it and then bent it. Thanks for the comments and giving me a look.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#6 posted 03-26-2011 12:19 PM

Muy agradable encontrarme con un trabajo tuyo de estas caracteristicas.El color que has conseguido me parece muy bueno,es uno de mis favoritos y el pequeño taburete consigue crear un conjunto muy calido y apacible…no hay que forzar mucho la imaginacion para situar este trabajo junto a una calida chimenea o bajo un sombreado porche,su dueño va a disfrutar mucho.Perdona por no usar el traductor pero no me parecia muy fiel el significado.Un saludo.

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#7 posted 03-26-2011 01:18 PM

I’ve been making chairs for 25 yrs..they are harder than folks think ! Your chair is just lovely and shows great skill. I know the receipient will be pleased for a lifetime.

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#8 posted 03-26-2011 01:26 PM

What a beautiful chair and it really shows your craftsmanship.

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#9 posted 03-26-2011 02:43 PM

Beautiful Chair!!

I’m sure your client isn’t the only one who is pleased with the results. You certainly must have a sense of satisfaction, yourself. Taking a project from the log to the living room, with such spectacular results, is no small feat!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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F Dudak

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#10 posted 03-29-2011 01:15 AM

Great job on the rocker Ken. This is definitely my favorite Windsor and to make it a rocker makes it even more appealing.

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

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#11 posted 03-29-2011 01:28 AM

Wowsville that’s great job beautiful

-- Custom furniture

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#12 posted 04-01-2011 04:36 PM

Beautifuly done. Mom to be will spend alot of time in it.

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#13 posted 06-13-2011 11:21 AM

Wonderful job. Love that the tool marks are still there. Nice turnings.

-- The works of evil people are not the problem. It is the "Good" people standing by and watching not speaking up. Dubsaloon

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