A Fancy Chair

I got some photos back from my photographer of a reproduction chair I made for a collector in Kentucky, who owns the original of this chair. It is the only signed Windsor chair from KY known to exist, made near Lexington KY between about 1810 and 1830. The old chair...

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Making Shellac

This video was made by the fellow I buy my shellac flakes from.  Who knew it took so much effort by insect and man to make a pound of shellac?  Or that different trees make different kinds of shellac?  Now I feel bad for spilling the stuff.  

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Further coats of Milk Paint/Instagram

Those following my series of posts on milk paint may remember that back in January we painted the first coat of paint on the Continuous Arm Rocker. Paint makes surface defects much more apparent, so let's look and see what we can find: A couple drops of paint on the...

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Mixing Milk Paint

This is the second installment on finishing the Continuous Arm Rocker from my DVD: Mix 2 parts water to 1 part paint. This is a good starting place for black and red, but some colors require less water.  You can always add more water later.  8 Tbs of red paint will...

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Dents, Gaps and Tears

Joshua Farnsworth recently filmed a video of me building a Continuous Arm Rocker. It should be published by Popular Woodworking in the next month or so. Today I started cleaning up the chair in preparation for painting and plenty of minor things needed fixing. I...

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