Contemporary Windsor Rocking Chair

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Project by Caleb James posted 606 days ago 2896 views 10 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a windsor constructed rocking chair. Many people have become familiar with a similar design that Peter Galbert put in Fine Woodworking about a year ago. I first sat in this chair when I had been on a visit to Pete’s home and made a continuous arm chair with him. After the end of day three working with him he comes over to the bench and puts down a pill of his chair plans and says ‘Go back to Texas and start making chairs’. That was the push I needed to take my work further. Ever since we have kept in touch and I have recently made this rocking chair of his design.

It really is the most comfortable chair design I have ever sat in. Thanks Pete, great design.


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#1 posted 606 days ago

Beautiful Work Caleb ,this chair has a wonderful flow and eye pleasing lines.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 606 days ago

A beautifully made rocker !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#3 posted 606 days ago

A very elegant design, Caleb. Beautifully done!


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#4 posted 606 days ago

That is one beautiful rocking chair. A true classic. I will certainly be adding this to my list of future chair projects.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Canadian Woodworks

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#5 posted 606 days ago

That is a nice chair, and good pictures too, thanks for sharing

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#6 posted 605 days ago

Caleb, that’s really something to be proud of. Kudos!

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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Caleb James

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#7 posted 605 days ago

Here is the link to the plans from the Fine Woodworking article. It is a two part series. He shows how to make it without specialty chair making tools.

I am a member so I am not sure which link will take you to the article but you have to pay for the full size plans. They are very much worth it.


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#8 posted 605 days ago

That is awesome! I’ve a ladderback version currently in the mock-up phase. Great work – it’s beautiful.

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Caleb James

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#9 posted 605 days ago

What are you using for the seat material? I assume you are doing a post and rung version?


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#10 posted 605 days ago

Beautifully done.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#11 posted 605 days ago

really really nice!

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#12 posted 426 days ago

Nice chair! Sounds like you had a great encounter with Peter. I’ve been keeping up a bit with his blog lately, and the articles you mentioned in Fine Woodworking. Peter seems like a really great guy, someone I’d probably have a great time meeting and learning from as well. Someday I plan to make a chair like the one you’ve shown here. Keep up the nice work, I’ll stay tuned.

-- Peace be with you!

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Caleb James

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#13 posted 426 days ago


You would enjoy working with him. He is a great teacher.


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#14 posted 279 days ago

Ah yes, this chair is on my bucket list… That and a vacation.. I mean class with Pete

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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