Sack Back Windsor Rocker

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Project by F Dudak posted 05-13-2008 03:41 PM 2145 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hello All,

Just got back from New Hampshire and wanted to share the fruits of my R&R. This a Sack Back Rocker Mike Dunbar style. There was a great time had by all that attended the class and Mike,Fred and Don didn’t disappoint. There were two advanced chairmakers raised to Earl, and six second time chairmakers let in on some of the secrets of Windsor chairmakers. Most importantly the distress call, secret handshake and how to identify fellow windsor chairmakers abroad. All quirks of the insane world of the Windsor chairmakers which I am happy to be a part of.

Hope you enjoy viewing this rocker as much as I enjoyed making it. Back to Front!

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#1 posted 05-13-2008 03:54 PM

Nice chair, Fred.

How many coats of milk paint?

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#2 posted 05-13-2008 04:19 PM

Beautiful work Fred….

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#3 posted 05-13-2008 04:24 PM

Nice job…maybe one day I’ll get to learn the secret handshake!

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#4 posted 05-13-2008 04:41 PM

Great looking chair you’ve got there!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#5 posted 05-13-2008 04:49 PM


This is a really nice chair. You had a wonderful opportunity presented to you with this class.

Well done.

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#6 posted 05-13-2008 08:42 PM

Now sit down and take a load off, you deserve it. Great looking chair!

What a strange bunch we woodworkers are. While most people vacation on the beach our R&R is spent woodworking! I guess this is the secret handshake we all share! LOL!

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#7 posted 05-13-2008 10:35 PM

Well done. I was reading Mike’s blog on making the rocker the other day and liked his comments that it is so much more than just a sack back on rockers. I have only built the sack back and continuous arm so far and would love to get up to NH to learn with the Windsor Institute.

How are you going to finish it? Stain or milk paint?

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#8 posted 05-13-2008 11:47 PM

Way to go, I’ve been waiting to see how your rocker turned out and you have not dissapointed me. It looks great. I agree with TedM, we must be the only idiots in the world who’s idea of a vacation to go sweat over a piece of wood all day, get a shower, dinner and off to bed so tired that you just want to get enough rest so that you can do it again tomorrow. Great rocker, did you get your leg splay angles dead on?

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#9 posted 05-14-2008 01:24 AM

Fred you made this beautiful shair in one week. You guys were really rolling.

Great chair

Thanks for the post.

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#10 posted 05-14-2008 03:32 AM

That is a beautiful chair. I have always been in awe of the craftsmanship required to create something this nice.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#11 posted 05-14-2008 02:28 PM

Thanks for the kind words guys! I still have to put some finishing touches on the chair and then it will be black over red milk piant. My six year old son has claimed the chair so it’s time to make another. I’ll be going back in August to do a Philly High Back and will be counting the days. My wife will soon be a Windsor chairmaker’s widow!

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#12 posted 05-15-2008 12:56 AM

Great job Fred from one chairmaker to another!
The sawn arm chair or Philly high back is a nice chair to build and makes what I believe is the best looking windsor rocker. Keep it up!

-- Kevin

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