Sack Back Winsor Chair

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Project by ShannonRogers posted 08-14-2008 04:20 AM 1646 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This one took me a while to complete. While I have built this chair before it was alway from a kit of sorts where the bending has already been done. This time around I built this chair from tree to chair. The woods are Red oak for the arm and bow as well as the spindles. Poplar for the seat and Hard Maple for the turnings. I also decided to go with a natural wood finish instead of the traditional milk paint that you see on Windsors. I think the finishing process might have taken longer than the actual build. I detailed the finishing schedule on my blog in three parts starting here.

Special thanks again to Marc Spagnuolo for turning me on to water based dyes.

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#1 posted 08-14-2008 04:54 AM

Thoroughly humbled and completely impressed. Did you graduate from Dunbar’s school?

‘S wonderful! Thanks for sharing!

-- There's no tool like an old tool...

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#2 posted 08-14-2008 05:04 AM

That is a beautful Winsor chair. Thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#3 posted 08-14-2008 05:24 AM

Beautiful chair

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#4 posted 08-14-2008 05:42 AM

TXGaloot. I am humbled that you think I am a Dunbar grad. That is on my wish list to take a class from him. On the contrary I took a 3 day class at Woodcraft with the Colonial Chair company this past March. That is where I learned the construction techniques but the turning and bending was already done. I learned enough there that when I paired it with some research on steam bending and my exisiting lathe skills I was able to build this chair. Dunbar spends a lot more time on the stock prep and traditional techniques with a lot of humor and history thrown in. I am hoping I can make one of his 2009 classes.

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#5 posted 08-14-2008 05:56 AM

Great looking Chair Shannon. A nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#6 posted 08-14-2008 06:05 AM

Thanks for showing this great looking, & finely crafted Windsor.

Its a nice addition to the rest of the Windsors posted on LJs.

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

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#7 posted 08-14-2008 06:14 AM

Excellent chair. I really like your turnings, especially how the cove is so deep and well defined. Did you turn the long spindles too? Very nice and traditional hand hold. Thanks for sharing this.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#8 posted 08-14-2008 07:07 AM

From one chairmaker to another …. NICE CHAIR!

-- Kevin

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#9 posted 08-14-2008 10:58 AM

Great job!

Thanks for the post


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#10 posted 08-14-2008 12:22 PM

loved it.. great job

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#11 posted 08-14-2008 12:29 PM

Fantastic! A great Windsor!

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#12 posted 08-14-2008 03:23 PM

Shannon, that chair is a beauty! I enjoyed reading how you finished the chair unifying three wood species and why those woods were chosen

-- Phil in British Columbia

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#13 posted 08-14-2008 10:20 PM

This is a beauty Shannon. The detail on those turned arm support spindles is a joy to behold.

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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F Dudak

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#14 posted 08-28-2008 08:35 PM

Great looking chair Shannon! These chairs are so much fun to build because they really challenge your attention to detail. You can really appreciate a well built chair’s symmetry and the craftsman’s ability to pull it all off using only hand tools. Keep up the good work.

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

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#15 posted 09-01-2008 04:13 AM

I just love these chairs. great job.

-- Bud -

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