Comb-Back Windsor Chair

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Project by CartersWhittling posted 08-21-2013 12:16 AM 2838 views 7 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch


This is my first (successful) comb-back windsor chair, but not my first windsor. The design is based upon Curtis Buchanan’s chair and most of my education on windsor chairs were from his youtube series.

The chair has a two piece white pine seat. I had a maple and red oak tree cut for me which I used for the turnings, spindles and arm rail. I have a black on yellow milk paint finish, topped off with a beeswax linseed oil finish.

The entire chair was built using the traditional handtools and methods, minus a bandsaw and electric lathe. I even made my own travisher based off the ones Peter Galbert makes.

I did not have any pre-made plans building this chair, all the dimensions were due to an evolution over the past couple windsors I built with knowledge from Curtis’ videos and Peter’s blog.

If anyone has not built a windsor chair before I recommend trying. Just get yourself a scorp, froe and drawknife and go at ‘er!

-- And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord... Colossians 3:23

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#1 posted 08-21-2013 12:30 AM

Great work Carte.! I really like the detail and the finish is spot on.

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#2 posted 08-21-2013 12:39 AM

that is fantastic!!

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#3 posted 08-21-2013 12:41 AM

You continue to impress.

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#4 posted 08-21-2013 12:44 AM

This is a real beauty…...really amazing.

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#5 posted 08-21-2013 12:49 AM

All I can say is “elegant”. You are truly a fine craftsman.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

#6 posted 08-21-2013 12:52 AM

That is a great piece and there is so much work in that that many may not understand. I have had the pleasure to meet some great woodworkers in Windsor chairs like Dan Mosheim who worked right down the road from were i apprenticed in Vermont to a show I did in Tennessee and had breakfast with Curtis Buchanan and they would be proud of your . Windsor is something I do not do ,but there is so much talent to be able to. Hats off.

-- Brian Brace Fine Furniture Maker,Blk Mt NC

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#7 posted 08-21-2013 01:03 AM

Superb work as always Carter. I have watched the entire Curtis Buchanan series 2 or 3 times now and his work and methods really appeal to me as does his humble teaching style. The entire series is available on DVD now and plans are available too.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#8 posted 08-21-2013 01:40 AM

You did an awesome job on this chair. Thanks for the links.

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#9 posted 08-21-2013 02:08 AM

That is such an elegant piece. Nice job on it!!

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#10 posted 08-21-2013 03:29 AM

Beautiful chair…


Great work!

Super COOL

Thank you.

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#11 posted 08-21-2013 03:54 AM

Great to see a new project from you! Impressive, as always. Thanks for the youtube link.

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#12 posted 08-21-2013 04:23 AM

Great work on the chair, looks terrific.

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#13 posted 08-21-2013 10:09 AM

elegant & graceful

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#14 posted 08-21-2013 12:19 PM


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#15 posted 08-21-2013 12:26 PM

Carter, the lines on that chair are breathtaking. It calls on you to just sit and be comfortable. A fine piece of craftsmanship, congratulations.

-- "Aged flatus, I heard that some one has already blown out your mortise." THE Surgeon ……………………………………. Kevin

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