This Windsor rocker was inspired in part by the chairs of Sam Maloof, which is why the sculptural quality of the seat extends to the arms, crest, and spindles. Traditional chair-making techniques are updated to make the project more accessible to new chairmakers. The project requires a lathe with at least 18 in. between centers. The parts are steam-bent. This is part one of a two-part series.

From Fine Woodworking #218

To learn how to ream Windsor chair mortises, check out this video

Windsor Rocker Without Special Tools: Part 2.


Digital plans, a cutlist, and a SketchUp drawing for this project are available in the Fine Woodworking store.


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