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Blog entry by thewoodwhisperer posted 01-07-2011 08:24 PM 6063 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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Several months ago, my friends at the Woodwerks Supply in Ohio sent me one of their new River Bend Windsor Chair Kits. To be honest, I was just excited to be able to make a chair for my mom. I knew she would love the style and comfort of a Windsor and I have never even thought about making one. I thought the project would be similar to buying a piece of “furniture” from IKEA. A little glue, a few dowels, and presto! You got yourself a nice new chair! Well, much to my pleasant surprise, there was quite a bit of woodworking to do. This video outlines the process of putting this kit together and I even go so far as to give you a few compelling reasons why a kit like this makes sense for new AND experienced woodworkers alike!

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com



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PurpLev

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#1 posted 01-07-2011 09:10 PM

very cool post… just read the description and am eager to check out the video later on when I get a chance. thanks for posting this. It sounds like a very compelling solution/project

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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hObOmOnk

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#2 posted 01-07-2011 10:59 PM

Got Milk Paint?

I mean real milk paint, not that latex/acrylic pseudo-stuff that is mislabeled!

There’s your next video.

-- 温故知新

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thewoodwhisperer

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#3 posted 01-07-2011 11:01 PM

haha, too late. Already coated it with the latex/acrylic pseudo-stuff that is mislabeled! :) Had some that I needed to use up. Mom loves the color though.

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com

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hObOmOnk

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#4 posted 01-07-2011 11:44 PM

Windsor not. :(

-- 温故知新

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gbear

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#5 posted 01-08-2011 12:00 AM

I agree whole heartedlyl Marc…in addition, many woodworkers might not have the tools it would take to make this project (i.e. lathe, steam bender) and might not want to pop for them for just one project.
Thanks for the post…good information.

-- gbear, Carmichael, CA

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Chrmakr

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#6 posted 01-08-2011 01:29 AM

Marc,
Welcome to my world…sorta. Congratulations on completing your first Windsor chair, I know your mom will appreciate your efforts every time she takes a seat. As you mention in your video, these chairs are more difficult than they look and making one “from scratch” does require specialized tools that can add quickly to the cost and make it price prohibitive for the one time maker. I also think your advice about a “kit” chair is very prudent to those who have considered making a chair and who do not want or are not able to attend a “hands on” class. I haven’t seen the instructions included with the River Bend kit, so I can’t speak of their procedure, but you made it look pretty simple. Hopefully this will motivate others to give Windsors a try.

Kindest regards…Doug

-- Doug Roper Chairmaker and Instructor, http://members.cox.net/traditionalwindsors/

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ShopTinker

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#7 posted 01-08-2011 06:51 AM

Marc,
How about a picture or two of the finished chair. I’d like to see how it turned out after it was covered in that pseudo-stuff. Thanks for the video!

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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thewoodwhisperer

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#8 posted 01-08-2011 06:51 AM

Will do. Almost done with the paint.

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com

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tdv

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#9 posted 01-08-2011 01:49 PM

There are some real valuable lessons in there Marc I have been using split & wedged tenons in stools & furniture for a few years & the knowledge of things like grain orientation how far to drive the wedge width of the wedge etc. etc. are expensively learnt unless you’re dead lucky. I’ve probably scrapped more than $350 worth of projects & labour time learning what I did wrong. The only thing with the kit is shouldn’t the seat be Elm? All the Windsors I have seen here are but then all the pine I’ve seen in the UK for the past few years is pretty substandard. Great project though I can’t wait to see the pics of your Mum sat by the fireside (in Arizona?)in the finished item Knitting with the cat asleep on her knee
Cheers
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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Ken90712

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#10 posted 01-08-2011 07:48 PM

Marc, I could not agree with you more! I know the purists, as you stated might be a little disgruntled. However, you just can build Rome over night. It would be great experience to learn through this kit.

It would like any of us thinking we could carve or finish projects like, Dennis Zonker and Trifem respectively. I am sure it took them many yrs. to master and achieve their level of expertise.

Great Video Thx for sharing!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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Chelios

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#11 posted 01-09-2011 02:05 AM

Marc, thank you. You have taught me a new thing – orientation on tennon wedges.

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BreakingBoardom

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#12 posted 01-31-2011 11:12 PM

Hey Marc, nice vid. Now that you’re dabbling in the realm of kits, have you considered maybe doing a guitar from a kit? I’ve thought about doing one and wondered how much work is involved in using a kit. Grizzly has some nice kits with different options I saw as I looked through their new catalog. Any thoughts?

-- Matt - http://breakingboardom.wordpress.com/

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thewoodwhisperer

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#13 posted 01-31-2011 11:14 PM

We actually did a 3-part series on making a guitar from a kit last year. http://thewoodwhisperer.com/birth-of-a-guitar-pt-1/

Its not me in the video but I really got a good appreciation for what’s involved in the process. If i ever were to embark on a guitar build on my own, a kit is probably where I would start…..

-- For free video tutorials and other cool woodworking stuff, check out http://www.TheWoodWhisperer.com

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BreakingBoardom

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#14 posted 01-31-2011 11:17 PM

Cool. Pardon my ignorance but I haven’t made it back to watch all of your videos. Maybe it’s your fault for overwhelming us with too many great videos full of woodworking knowledge. lol. I’ll check it out. Thanks!

-- Matt - http://breakingboardom.wordpress.com/

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