Braced Comb-Back Windsor Arm Chair

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This Windsor Chair was built using traditional tools, methods, and materials. All of the turnings are turned from maple, still green. Spindles, arm, and crest rail are all riven from oak, while green and crest rail and arm were steam bent. Seat is eastern white pine.
Finish is milk paint, black over red, followed by oil and wax.


-- Roger Myers StrathamWood Studios LLC

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#1 posted 01-02-2014 05:19 PM

Roger, beautiful job on an elegant chair!!

-- Stevo

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#2 posted 01-02-2014 07:22 PM

That is awesome.

-- "Yer young, you got yer health, what do you want with a JOB?"

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#3 posted 01-02-2014 08:29 PM

Very delicate piece , its beautiful .

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#4 posted 01-03-2014 12:02 AM

very graceful & well done. sit down now & relax!

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#5 posted 01-03-2014 12:10 AM

Excellent, nice work Roger!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#6 posted 01-03-2014 10:01 PM

Now that’s awesome! You did a superb job on this.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#7 posted 01-03-2014 10:47 PM

It’s always the quiet ones…

10 posts in 8 years. I’d say you made them count! This chair is one of the finest Windsors I’ve seen posted in a long time. Gorgeous.

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#8 posted 01-06-2014 09:36 PM

Really like the scroll carving on the arms and crest rail. Very nicely executed.

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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#9 posted 01-14-2014 03:28 AM

Absolutely FANTASTIC!!!!Being from new england and having some knowledge of traditional tools and methods ( which most may not be aware of)that in it’s self makes this piece incredible..and having been in the restoration business, your milk paint oil and wax is right on..well done!!! do you have a web site?

-- marshall peterson, north carolina

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#10 posted 01-14-2014 04:09 AM

You’ve done an absolutely fantastic job on this piece. Congratulations! Since I’ve never worked with green wood, I’m going to ask what may be a dumb question. How do you keep the joints from loosening as the wood dries?

-- Bob, Missoula, MT -- Rocky Mountain Saw Works -- ~Non multa sed multum~

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#11 posted 01-16-2014 01:40 AM

Peter… Website is

Bob, not a dumb question…. Actually, the use of green wood, and selective drying is part of what keeps the joints tight. Spindles are worked green…. Then dried in a shop kiln to below EMC (equilibrium moisture content). They are then inserted into a kiln dried seat and green crest rail and arm, and as they rise in moisture content to EMC they will swell slightly, becoming tight as the crest rail and arm also shrink slightly.
The legs are worked wet, and just the tenons are dried in the kiln…same for the stretchers…. As these “super dried” tenons raise in moisture to EMC they will also tighten in the kiln dried seat, or the wetter portion of the leg (which will shrink on its way to EMC), in the case of the spindles.


-- Roger Myers StrathamWood Studios LLC

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