Walnut Windsor rocking chair

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Project by Jeremymcon posted 11-20-2017 05:24 PM 1288 views 4 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I decided to build this rocking chair in January of this year. I had been wanting to make a chair, and had been reading about Windsor Chair making techniques for some time. Decided to go for it when a coworker told me she was cutting down a really beautiful walnut tree in her back yard and asked me if I wanted any of it. I made her a few spoons from it in exchange for the rounds of the tree she gave me.

I bought a set of plans from fine woodworking magazine. Peter Galbert wrote the article, and love the look of his chair. Not having ever made a chair before I obviously wasn’t feeling up to the task of designing it myself.

So, 11 months later the chair is completed! It has been a long journey, and I learned a lot in the process.

I split the legs, spindles, arm supports, and stretchers from the tree I was given, shaped the spindles with a draw knife and spokeshave, built a spring pole lathe to turn the round parts on, made a reamer and matching tenon cutters to cut the 5/8” and 7/8” tapered tenons on the legs and arm supports.

I’m really happy with the way the chair turned out overall! It definitely has its flaws, things I’d do differently if I were to do it again. But the walnut is beautiful, and I really enjoyed the build.

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#1 posted 11-20-2017 06:23 PM


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#2 posted 11-20-2017 08:50 PM

Wow!!! Very Impressive!!!!!!!!!

-- Dale Miller Modesto, CA "I can do all things through Christ, which strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13. "Woodworking minus patience equals firewood."

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#3 posted 11-21-2017 02:35 AM

That is a beautiful chair! Nice work Jeremy.

-- "My god has more wood than your god" ... G. Carlin.

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#4 posted 11-21-2017 03:11 PM

You did a wonderful job on this rocking chair. Nice work!

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 11-21-2017 06:09 PM

Thanks guys! I’ve been sitting on it for a couple days now, and it’s been reasonably comfortable. Only problem I have in that respect is that one of the spindles didn’t take the bend the same as the others, and kind of rubs my back in one spot. Might eventually add a cushion to the back…

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#6 posted 11-21-2017 07:37 PM

Nice execution – looks like Maloof spindles found their way into a windsor chair

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#7 posted 11-21-2017 08:07 PM

Beautiful chair, inspiring story. I’ll be very pleased if I ever build a rocker and elated if it turns out so well.

-- Jonathan 2Cor. 4:6

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#8 posted 11-21-2017 08:40 PM

Sweet! beautiful!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#9 posted 11-23-2017 03:01 AM

Beautiful build, I love the small detail work, job well done!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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