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Project by WhattheChuck posted 2150 days ago 1641 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi Folks,

Put it together, and painted it—Old Fashioned Milk Paint—2 coats, Pitch Black underneath, 2 coats Salem Red on top. I rubbed 2 coats Minwax Poly Coat on it after that.

I was afraid of painting a chair something other than black, but this one really came out pretty good. To get a feel for size, the kid (Conor, 8) is about 5’ tall. So this is not a small chair.

I’m going to enter it in the local fair. There is a lot of competition from cedar shingle birdhouses, so we’ll just have to see!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA





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kenn

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#1 posted 2150 days ago

Way to go! It looks great. I’ve got a sack back in Salem Red that my wife uses at our kitchen table, and it really adds a nice punch of color.
I know you’ll get great use and many compliments from that fine chair.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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WhattheChuck

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#2 posted 2150 days ago

Thanks, Kenn. This thing is a lot more fragile than the sack back I built. That sack back is tough!

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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Bob A in NJ

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#3 posted 2150 days ago

Gorgeous chair, nice work.

-- Bob A in NJ

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Miket

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#4 posted 2150 days ago

Great looking chair. I hope that some day I could make one like that.

-- It's better to have people think you're stupid rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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John Gray

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#5 posted 2150 days ago

Beautiful job!!!!! Thanks for the post.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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Douglas Krueger

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#6 posted 2150 days ago

WOW, that is beautifully crafted, can’t say I have ever seen that style of Windsor before. Definitely a blue ribbon entry that will scare the shingles right off those bird houses.

-- I can so I wood but why are my learning curves always circles

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WhattheChuck

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#7 posted 2150 days ago

Boy, I dunno. The level of craftmanship around here just ain’t that high.

I’m going to feel lucky if they a.) recognize it as a Windsor chair, and b.) don’t penalize me for NOT using screws.

;-)

I wish I were kidding..

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#8 posted 2149 days ago

A very nice creation.

Windsor chairs look so flimsy, but they’re really strong.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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F Dudak

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#9 posted 2149 days ago

WhattheChuck!

It’s a mini me! Innocent devilish smile just like his dear old dad! The chair looks really good in red. My Sack Back is in red as well, how did it go with the wipe on poly? I still haven’t had any time to put the finishing touches on my chair but when I do it will be Driftwood. If you don’t win at the fair over the birdhouses I’ll expect to see you at another class in the near future!

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

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F Dudak

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#10 posted 2149 days ago

How did you get the legs on that chair to look so good?!

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

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WhattheChuck

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#11 posted 2149 days ago

Ya know, Fred, I totally suspect that’s what the fair judges will say.

Either that, or “What’s this here stamp on the bottom? Did you order this chair from Fingerhut or Pottery Barn?”

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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WhattheChuck

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#12 posted 2149 days ago

Well, I dropped it off at the fair. The competition was four birdhouses and an Mission blanket chest/table thingy.

Man, I don’t know if this was a good idea. I sure hope the chair doesn’t get wrecked. Stay tuned.

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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StevenAntonucci

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#13 posted 2149 days ago

First of all, what a great looking chair! I have always wanted to finish the one I started 10 years ago, but never have gotten to it. This is the exact chair I would make, but I’d probably paint it Williamsburg Blue.

Secondly, you do not need a ribbon from a Fair to have a winner. I wouldn’t worry about competing with others- there will always be someone better, and there is always interpretation by people who may not be qualified to judge. The only person that needs to be happy with it is you.

If it doesn’t beat the birdhouses, have a good laugh.

Steve

-- Steven

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WhattheChuck

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#14 posted 2148 days ago

Hi STeve,

Thanks for the thoughts. Believe me, I’m not too worried about the Blue Ribbon. I entered the fair because there was prize money and free tools!

But one thing I do find distressing is the quality of rural crafts nowadays. Here on LJ, we’re surrounded by people doing all sorts of wonderful things, at all sorts of levels. Out there, the best that’s happening is kids are gluing together Legos. Nothing against Legos, really—but it’s still a wake-up call for the state of crafts in our general population.

I’m a big believer in creating with your hands—it keeps you off the streets, and builds self esteem in a ‘real’ way.
And makes you appreciate folks that work with their hands in making a living.

For me, seeing the sorry state of handicrafts is kinda like realizing that people don’t know who Thomas Jefferson was. Not good for our country.

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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WhattheChuck

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#15 posted 2145 days ago

Just in case anyone is still following this:

I got beat by the cedar shingle birdhouses. That, a poorly carved walking stick, and a simple (but at least decent) coffee table with drawers.

No kidding.

-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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