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  1. Windsor Legs, Posts -- Don't Give Up Hope!

    Well, since I've been running around the world, quite literally, haven't had much time to get back on the Windsor pony and get to my Boston side chairs. I did, however, get back into the shop over T-giving and finished up turning the legs and side posts for the two chairs I'm building to go...
  2. Taper Gauge

    Had to post this to go along with my other project. I bought a reamer from The Windsor Institute. I was a little worried when I got it because I didn't have the measurements for the taper that would be required to fit into the reamed hole. I e-mailed Mike Dunbar, the Dean of the Institute, to...
  3. Braced Comb-Back Windsor Arm Chair

    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...
  4. Continuous Arm Windsor Chair

    Here is my first attempt at a continuous arm Windsor chair. I made it during a class with Curtis Buchanan this July. The finish is milk paint, black over red, scrubbed with abrasives to allow the red to show through a little…as Curtis does with many of his chairs. Wood: the seat is Eastern...
  5. Philadelphia High Back Windsor

    I made this chair as part of the same class as my pal, Fred Dudak, at the Windsor Institute with Michael Dunbar. Fred's chair was more refined than mine when I left-he's got more of the chairmaker knack. But I did a little work on my knuckles and redeemed myself a little! Delicate...
  6. Philadelphia Sack-Back

    This Philadelphia style Sack-Back was made for a client who requested a "high-end" Windsor chair for her home. The chair is constructed using traditional methods/techniques and has ball and cylinder legs and carved hands/knuckles. The finish is milk paint and consists of 2 coats of red base with...
  7. Shavehorse - Finewoodworking Magazine

    Made this Shavehorse. Effectively copied from a recent Finewoodworking magazine article. Going to use it to carve pegs for a timber frame build and later some windsor chairs. Just need to wait 4 weeks for my Lie Nielsen Toolworks drawknife! Tassie Oak with Blackwood trim. Very utilitarian...
  8. Rev Jim's Sack Back Windsor Chair

    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...
  9. Barb's favorite Windsor Chair

    This is my wife Barb's favorite style of Windsor chair. I made it this year when I took a Nantucket Fan Ban class with Mike Dunbar at the Windsor Institute. The chair parts involve maple, pine and oak for the woods and the finish was black over red milk paint. Before the milk paint was...
  10. Philadelphia High Back Windsor - Painted

    Hi Folks, Put it together, and painted it-Old Fashioned Milk Paint-2 coats, Pitch Black underneath, 2 coats Salem Red on top. I rubbed 2 coats Minwax Poly Coat on it after that. I was afraid of painting a chair something other than black, but this one really came out pretty good. To get a...
  11. 9" Vintage Progressive Pitch Dovetail Saw

    I was looking for a quick project before I spend some shop time working on the dovetail tool swap. Looking around the shop I found that I have plenty of 5/4 hard maple lumber, a piece of ¼ inch thick brass with a less than centered groove (my first attempt at cutting a slot for my previous saw)...
  12. Continuous Arm Chair

    The Windsor chair is a timeless classic that dates back to the end of the 17th century. No one knows for certain, but one tale is that a farmer, who lived near the town of Windsor in England, added a back to a stool thereby creating the "Windsor chair". The design was quickly adapted in North...
  13. SACK BACK WINDSOR ROCKER

    Hello All, As promised I am posting my first Windsor chair completed by myself at home with only my notes and pictures from my class. This chair is a bit more difficult than the Sack Back Windsor. The legs front to back have to be coplaner or the rocker would creep to the side. The spindles...
  14. Shaving Horse

    I hate hand tools, I hate hand tools, I hate hand tools. Well, particularly hand planes. But I thoroughly enjoy building things like this shaving horse. This is actually a prototype for a new class I'm starting "Build a Shaving Horse". A VERY original title don't ya think? Don't know how it will...
  15. Windsor Chair Sack Back

    Hello All, Completed another Windsor Chair this weekend to add to the dining room collection. This was my second Sack Back and it took me quite a while to get it completed. The seat had been shaped for over a year and the bends were done when I posted the steaming project here. I can't even...
  16. NYC Bowback Windsor Chair

    Hello All, Spent the week with a fellow Lumberjock, Mark Hudon, and some previous fellow classmates at the Windsor Institute in NH. The class was comprised of several students returning for their second class so they were stepping out from their apprenticeship role and being raised to Master...
  17. Windsor chair made in Elia Bizzarri's class - homemade milk paint

    I took a 6 day class with Elia Bizzarri in Hillsborough NC, and the result is a continuous arm Windsor chair. It was an outstanding class and I highly recommend it. Elia is an excellent instructor and he has a beautiful shop. For more information: http://handtoolwoodworking.com/ It is a...
  18. Elm Rocker

    This chair was a commission for a client. The Elm cam from a local tree that had Dutch Elm and was taken down. I have included a picture of the milling of the tree with my chainsaw mill. The seat is one piece of Elm which I dried in a home made kiln for stability. During this process the seat...
  19. Freddy's Windsor Sack Back Graduation Day!!!!

    My son completed his Sack Back Windsor Chair class today at the Windsor Institute in NH and as you can see he had a great time. Great to be taught by Mike Dunbar the "Windsor Guru" and his fine staff, Fred Chellis and Don Harper. I am so proud of the way he handled himself in this class, working...
  20. 1st Commissioned Windsor Sack Back Rocker

    Hello All, As promised I am posting this Rocker finished. I made this rocker at home after attending a class at the Windsor Institute in NH this May and was fortunate enough to have it when a potential customer came down the pike. A friend of mine that I attended my first Windsor chair class...
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