Pine legs for a Windsor Chair?

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Forum topic by Elksniffer posted 10-12-2009 06:39 PM 1272 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-12-2009 06:39 PM

I was practicing turning spindle legs yesterday with some “blue pine” and the color or pattern of blue stain in the turning is very attractive. So now I am wondering what the down side of using this pine for chair legs would be. Any thoughts. The pine is actually from a ponderosa pine or commonly known in western Montana as yellow pine that a friend cut for me to make seats from. If I did use the “blue pine” I would finish it with some clear finish to highlight the wood. Maybe it would have to be a wall hanger and not sat upon.
My concerns would be the tenons for the stretchers loosening over time and the the tapered wedged tenons in the seat pushing up through the seat over time.

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#1 posted 10-13-2009 02:11 AM

Strength would be my biggest concern using pine for Windsor legs. Really don’t think they would hold up to well.

-- Mark,

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#2 posted 10-13-2009 02:18 AM

Save the pine for the seat .

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#3 posted 10-13-2009 09:05 PM


-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 01-10-2010 01:00 AM

I would be bold and try it??? It would hold up in a childs chair more than likely. I don’t know how it would hold up for grown people. If the turnings were oversized like the one I use for my Nantucket Fan Back, then the stretchers could be run in 2/3 of the way and an 1/8 or 1/4 inch dowel could be drilled through the leg most of the way and through the stretcher tenon to hold it. It would never slip then. I have used white oak, red oak, and maple for my leg turnings and for the crest except maple. They worked out fine, the oaks are a little rougher than the maple, but they are stainable. I have make one oak seat and if I ever do it again then I will do most of the carving with a lancilot for a 4” grinder.

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