Rev Jim's Sack Back Windsor Chair

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Project by Rev. Jim Paulson posted 12-09-2009 06:03 PM 3539 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi. Some of my LJ friends have been asking me to start posting pictures of Windsor chairs. So here is my first one. A while back a friend asked me to make her a Sack Back Windsor chair and her requirement was that it match in color her walnut desk. Thanks to some medium walnut aniline dye I managed to even out the color on the several woods I used involving cherry, maple, oak, and basswood. Usually, I make Windsor chair seats out of relatively clear pine, but basswood helped make this chair stain nice. The color of the chair in the photos reflects the different backgrounds, my shop, inside our house and for the first one in my friend’s home. There is something gratifying when you put a piece fo furniture in someones home and it just fits with what they had in mind. It makes you feel good for them too. That is what I love about woodworking and always will. Right now, my chairmaking/furnituremaking work remains a side business whereas most of the time I’m serving as an ordained Lutheran pastor. Enjoy the pics.


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#1 posted 12-09-2009 06:10 PM

Very nice Chair Rev.
I did notice that this Windsor does not have a pommel in the seat. Is this a choice or a copy of an original.
Not meant to be a criticism just an observation.


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#2 posted 12-09-2009 06:18 PM

Gawsh, Jim—what a great job matching the colors!


-- Chuck, Pullman, WA

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#3 posted 12-09-2009 06:26 PM

Thanks. My internet isn’t cooperating here, but more pics are coming on this. The pommel is there and more visible in other pics. Good to hear from you Chuck hope you’re doing well too.



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#4 posted 12-09-2009 06:31 PM

Beautiful and timeless chair.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#5 posted 12-09-2009 06:35 PM

Jim Great Job ! You really did an outstanding job color matching with the Walnut desk.

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#6 posted 12-09-2009 06:36 PM

I looked at your web site most wonderful chairs they all look great.


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#7 posted 12-09-2009 07:37 PM

That is another great finish you’ve put out. Are the spindles continued through the mid point rail? Great work Jim.

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#8 posted 12-09-2009 08:35 PM

nice chair very classis styling and a nice finish to boot

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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Rev. Jim Paulson

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#9 posted 12-09-2009 11:16 PM

Appreciate the compliments and your interest.

Kirk, you got it right. The spindles run from a deep socket in the chair seat and pass through the arm and extend up through the bow. Because there is some necessary flexing, oak is the preferred wood for the spindles. The spindles are actually wedged into the bow. The spindles are shaped by hand with a drawknife, a couple spokeshaves, and some other tools.

Jim glad you had a chance to look at my website.

Best wishes on your woodworking projects too!


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#10 posted 12-10-2009 07:50 PM

esta si que la he fabricado y para mi es una de las mas comodas,me gusta el color nogal con el que la terminaste

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