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Project by CartersWhittling posted 08-21-2013 12:16 AM 3476 views 7 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello.

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.

http://www.youtube.com/user/curtisbuchanan52/videos

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.

http://chairnotes.blogspot.ca/p/ordering-travisher.html

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 http://carterswhittling.wordpress.com/





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CL810

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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.

-- "The only limits to our realization of tomorrow will be our doubts of today." - FDR

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

that is fantastic!!

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rlance

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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.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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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 http://www.finefurnituremaker.net/

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Brit

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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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MShort

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

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

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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

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

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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

Beautiful chair…

Awesome…

Great work!

Super COOL

Thank you.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: http://www.WoodworkStuff.net ... My Small Gallery: http://www.ncwoodworker.net/pp/showgallery.php?ppuser=1389&cat=500"

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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.

-- “The easy confidence with which I know another man's religion is folly teaches me to suspect that my own is also.” ― Mark Twain

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

Great work on the chair, looks terrific.

-- Tom D

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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

Wow!

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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.

-- "With every tool obtained, there is another that is needed" DonW ( Kevin )

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