Windsor Rocking Chair

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Project by kenn posted 03-22-2008 03:59 AM 1696 views 2 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the finished windsor rocking chair that I made for my step mother for Christmas 2007. Unfortunately, as I was driving the last wedge in the arm, the arm split. I was 2 days away from Christmas and figured if all went well, the finish would be dry in time for delivery Christmas afternoon. I lost all the wind in my sails and had to regroup. I showed her the chair but could not let her sit in it because I hadn’t attached and pegged the rockers.

Anyway, I got it done and delivered. You can see she’s very happy with it. I was visiting tonight, and she is rocking away. It’s great to see projects in their final home and being used.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#1 posted 03-22-2008 04:34 AM

Nothing better than a satisfied customer!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 03-22-2008 04:48 AM

Well done. The hound seems happy too

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#3 posted 03-22-2008 05:14 AM

Hi Kenn,

This is a nice looking rocker. It looks like she is so happy with it that she wasn’t going to give it up for any reason. And I can’t say I blame her.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#4 posted 03-22-2008 05:27 AM

Great looking chair. I’m working on a rocker also.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 03-22-2008 05:36 AM

Good looking rocker. Another happy customer :-))

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#6 posted 03-22-2008 05:48 AM

Thanks everybody. Rockers are fun to do, this one just fought a little since I was on a time deadline. I’m convinced its that Karma thing. She’s thrilled with the chair and has it in prime spot in her home, just right for reading and relaxing. I’ll keep an eye for your rocker Gary.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#7 posted 03-22-2008 05:58 AM

That is some amazing detail. I tried to capture some carving/scrolling on my miniture rocker. Your piece is just amazing. What kind of wood did you use. How much time did you invest in this project?

-- Michael, Fort Worth, TX. "I wood if I could!"

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#8 posted 03-22-2008 05:59 AM

Very nice rocker. You did a beautiful job on it besides pasting on a heirloom to your family. Thanks for post.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#9 posted 03-22-2008 02:21 PM

That is one nice rocker. Good work.

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#10 posted 03-22-2008 02:25 PM

Nice looking chair!!! What kind of paint did you use?

-- Kevin

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#11 posted 03-22-2008 05:52 PM

Thanks for looking. The wood is a variety, seat is one piece of poplar, turned spindles are maple, crest and spindles are red oak, and the arms are mahagony. I used two coats of Old Fashioned Milk Paint, chocolate brown on the bottom and Barn Red on the top. Then I buffed it out real well which gives the paint a nice gloss,and applied two coats of Minwax wipe-on poly. A light buffing and it was ready for delivery. I spent about a month working on the project but that was probably only about 50 hours of actual work.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#12 posted 03-22-2008 06:58 PM

This is my favorite chair that you have made to date! It turned out great!

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#13 posted 03-22-2008 07:08 PM

A great looking chair, & it looks like fine craftsmanship.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#14 posted 03-22-2008 08:43 PM

ktneis is my eldest daughter who is studying abroad in the Netherlands this Spring, so if you say its my best one yet Katie, it must be. Thanks.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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F Dudak

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#15 posted 03-26-2008 03:05 PM

Awesome Rocker! There is definitely a feeling of accomplishment when you are watching a loved one enjoying a project you have put your heart and soul into. May 4th I will heading to New Hampshire for a week to make a Sack Back Rocker with Mike Dunbar. Hopefully it is as handsome as this chair and my wife is as happy as your step mother. Great Rocker!

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

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