Stick/windsor chair

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Project by jdh122 posted 11-29-2015 09:54 PM 1381 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at a Windsor chair – it’s basically a homage to the Eastward chair by Thos. Moser. The seat is eastern white pine, the legs and spindles are white birch and the steam-bent back piece at top is yellow birch. The seat and back piece were from lumber, the rest was split and drawknifed from the log. All hand tools except using the bandsaw on the seat blank.

I’m quite pleased with the look and the comfort of the chair, but I’m a bit nervous about how well the legs will hold over time, with no stretchers. The tapered mortise and tenon joints could have been a better fit – I learned not to drill the initial hole so close to the smallest diameter of the finished hole, since it leaves you with very little margin to adjust things with the tapered reamer. I also wished I had stronger wood for the legs and spindles than white birch – from the forests around here the good choices would be ash, red oak or yellow birch, but I have to take what I can get.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#1 posted 11-30-2015 02:17 AM

Nice chair.

-- Stevo

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#2 posted 11-30-2015 10:49 AM

Thanks Stevo – maybe one day I’ll make a real Windsor with turned parts and more extreme bending like yours.

-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests

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#3 posted 11-30-2015 11:49 AM

for a first, it is pretty good. I bet the birch legs will be ok for many years. Good to see another person fall into the chair vortex :-0 You can put stretchers in, despite it being finished..harder, but do-able

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