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Windsor Chair seat wood

Postby steve tomlin » Thu Nov 15, 2012 8:16 pm

hi,
I'm thinking about making my first windsor chair. I don't have access to elm and, even if i did, i'd probably want to save it until i was good at hollowing before using it. Which other native UK relatively-easy to find timbers do you recommend for chair seats and are there any special considerations regarding them?

Any other tips for a novice?

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Re: Windsor Chair seat wood

Postby emjay » Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:37 pm

Hi Steve.
We seem to be following the same path. I made a welsh stick chair using oak for the seat (photo on this forum somewhere, also my rocker) I had to glue two pieces together to get the size. I'm now after a piece of elm for a second stick chair. I want to make one with three octagonal legs and arms and back from a split piece of naturaly bent oak.
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Re: Windsor Chair seat wood

Postby steve tomlin » Thu Nov 15, 2012 10:44 pm

can you put a link to the chair photos or repost them here please?
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Re: Windsor Chair seat wood

Postby emjay » Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:00 pm

I wish that I could but my grand daughter helped me to post them and without a kid at my shoulder I'm afraid photos are beyond me.
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Re: Windsor Chair seat wood

Postby steve tomlin » Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:05 pm

can you remember what the thread was called? :D
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Re: Windsor Chair seat wood

Postby emjay » Thu Nov 15, 2012 11:16 pm

why is there so little chairmaking discusion is the heading, but I found it by putting "welsh stick chair" in the search box
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Re: Windsor Chair seat wood

Postby Davie Crockett » Fri Nov 16, 2012 12:58 am

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Re: Windsor Chair seat wood

Postby gavin » Fri Nov 16, 2012 10:47 am

Steve,
If you want elm, contact Archie McConnel at Penpont, I collected a 2" thick plank from him recently for reasonable money. I presume he'd mail it to you and I don't think it would need to be wrapped. He could just write your address on it and mail it - elm is robust enough to not need padding and thus time from him to wrap. You could work out the probable weight and pay him for that, or maybe he has scales and could weigh it.

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I have some of his plank surplus you are welcome to if you chose to collect it @ £40 cubic foot. I'd rather not mail it to you as I'd prefer you saw it before you committed yourself.
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Re: Windsor Chair seat wood

Postby SeanHellman » Fri Nov 16, 2012 9:39 pm

London plane has been used in chair seats. They grow massive, so getting a good wide enough section should be easy. I do not know if you have many up in Cumbria. They can also have big burrs and rippled wood, cut on the quarter they are fantastic.
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Re: Windsor Chair seat wood

Postby Robin Fawcett » Sat Nov 17, 2012 10:42 am

Nick and Katie Abbott have made some nice Windsors with Ash seats. I think it's 3" thick rather than 2" for Elm. Maybe there will be plenty of Ash available in future?
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Re: Windsor Chair seat wood

Postby Brian Williamson » Sun Nov 18, 2012 7:55 am

Paul Hayden (who runs a lots of chairmaking courses in the Arboretum) uses black poplar and swears by it. Not, I imagine, the most characterful wood, but he does seem to have a lot of students using it successfully.

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Re: Windsor Chair seat wood

Postby Robin Fawcett » Sun Nov 18, 2012 11:14 am

Brian Williamson wrote:Paul Hayden (who runs a lots of chairmaking courses in the Arboretum) uses black poplar and swears by it. Not, I imagine, the most characterful wood, but he does seem to have a lot of students using it successfully.

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I tried splitting some recently and it was an absolute *!@x - I ended up chainsawing it. Must have very wild grain like Elm.
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Re: Windsor Chair seat wood

Postby anobium » Tue Nov 20, 2012 8:55 am

James Mursell in his blog describes a two seater chair of the windsor type using sweet chestnut as the base. His website is a mine of information and the articles in his latest newsletter on spokeshaves must be read. www.thewindsorworkshop.co.uk.
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Re: Windsor Chair seat wood

Postby emjay » Wed Oct 14, 2015 7:49 pm

Home made taper reamer with a 25mm pilot for reaming leg holes in a welsh stick chair seat
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Re: Windsor Chair seat wood

Postby emjay » Wed Oct 14, 2015 7:56 pm

About to start reaming an elm seat
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