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 Post subject: Fan Back Windsor
PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2019 2:04 am 
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Shave horse done...now for some chairs:
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Carving Knuckles! Oak...gotta be very sharp tools! Hoping I don't screw it up

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 Post subject: Re: Fan Back Windsor
PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2019 7:46 am 
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Great job, Don! One of these days, I'm going to build a chair!

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 Post subject: Re: Fan Back Windsor
PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2019 8:48 am 
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Hey Larry, I got the bug back in 2013 when my friend and mentor, Russ Filbeck https://russfilbeck.com/ taught me how to make the Appalachian ladder back chair. I took another class from him in January to make this sack back Windsor. I was in the midst of the move from San Diego so I didn't finish the chair. Still needed to refine a couple spindles that I had made too skinny thus the shave horse needed to be bult before I could do that. Also, needed to work more on the seat and the arms before painting. I'm going to post some pics (now that you directed me to a great site for that) that show the build up 'til now. It starts with shaping the seat and drilling the holes for the legs, then the spindles.
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Then fitting the legs & rungs:
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When you take a class with Russ....his lovely bride, Carol, always makes FRESH, pastry or pie for the mid-morning break!!
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After much 'ado' with drilling, using spoon bits, holes for the spindles through the back and arms, the chair comes together and from that point Russ sends us home to finish the refinements.
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Here is the chair in my San Diego (tiny, huh?) shop before the move to Texas:
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That brings us to the initial post where you saw the arm on my bench (in the new shop) where I am carving the knuckles. I will try to keep the process pics coming as I finish the knuckles, shape the seat, wedge the spindles then sand and finish. I think I'm going to use milk paint from Tools For Working Wood https://www.toolsforworkingwood.com/?gc ... eEQAvD_BwE .
Stay tuned!
Don


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 Post subject: Re: Fan Back Windsor
PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2019 8:53 am 
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Hey Don,
Thanks for the in progress pictures. I like doing that also.

The only thing I know about chair building is just from watching Mel Gibson in "The Patriot" hurl a broken chair into the corner after it collapsed under him. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: Fan Back Windsor
PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2019 9:18 am 
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Yeah, Zulu, that movie scene thwarted my motivation to tackle chair building for a while :roll: but, Russ Filbeck was a member of our woodworking association and hearing him talk about it emboldened me to try.
The only time I ever was exposed to building canons was watching the 'LiL Rascals' blow Alfalfa out of one....so I guess we're embarking on a mutual admiration society kinda venture :-D

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 Post subject: Re: Fan Back Windsor
PostPosted: Sat May 11, 2019 1:51 pm 
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Envy has set in.

fantastic job. owner must be proud :)

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 Post subject: Re: Fan Back Windsor
PostPosted: Sun May 12, 2019 1:02 am 
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Got the knuckles carved :roll: as well as I could.... I think I can live with it! What do you think?
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Pics were before sanding...I did continue shaping with a fine rasp & file... will take more pics tomorrow after assembly.
Got the chair re assembled and cut about half the wedges for the spindles.....will put the wedges in tomorrow! Stay tuned!
Don


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