Shaker Windsor style Chair

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Project by rdwile posted 737 days ago 1319 views 2 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I decided to make a new dining set for our home, I spent a lot of time searching through various design options. i knew I wanted to do a cherry/ash blend like a shaker bench I made many years ago. I was just not sure on the style I wanted to build. I found a seat design I liked made by a chair-maker Timothy Clarke from Vermont, who was very gracious in his help on my project. The crest-rail is my own design and the back spindles and leg structure is similar to many Shaker builders like Thos. Moser (who wrote the book on Shaker furniture – literally). Tim also helped out on the leg support bracket which I think is key to this design. I wanted the smooth down-under look – like a Ken doll…

There is a lot more detail on my blog about the construction of the prototype chair, as well as the final 7 chairs, with lots of build shots and jig pictures.

I have also included a picture of the prototype which was painted and distressed to mask the multiple cut marks on the soft Aspen it was made from.

-- Richard D. Wile,

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#1 posted 737 days ago

interesting seat detail to accommodate the legs – makes it a little less formal too
Excellent job!

-- Greg Simon

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#2 posted 737 days ago

very nice looking chairs. I like the seat design and the combination of the cherry and ash.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 737 days ago

Cool looking chairs,great job.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 736 days ago

Lots of work goes into making chairs! Looks like You Aced it! Beautiful looking chairs would say!

-- Tony C , My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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