Recreating a Spindle for a Contemporary Windsor Chair – Thomas Johnson Antique Furniture Restoration

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Tom Johnson of Thomas Johnson Antique Furniture Restoration in Gorham, Maine makes a new spindle for a contemporary continuous-arm Windsor chair. Tom has been restoring furniture professionally since 1979. Visit our website at call us at (207) 222-2266, or write us at

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  1. James Moore
    April 25, 2014

    As usual, an excellent video, and better yet with the new camera. Very clear. I look forward to seeing your videos, always something to learn. Your dog at the computer was a nice touch.

  2. Parken26
    April 25, 2014

    Congratulations on the new camera, that is definately an improvement. But I will still watch the old videos.
    And yes your dog looks very clever in front of the screen with glasses and all.

  3. towns84
    April 27, 2014

    Really like the new high quality camera, makes the already excellent content so much more watchable.

  4. FWI356
    May 2, 2014

    As always great repair Tom.. Nice new camera. WOW. It feels like I'm standing in your shop… The Dog was great… You should make that your intro video. Hope your spring is going well.. The last couple days have been in the high 80's.. We oregonians don't take the hot weather to well. Keep the vids coming. Thanks for sharing.

    Thanks, Michael Frey

  5. J Fred
    June 7, 2014

    Great repair work

  6. Duane Bertels
    November 16, 2014

    Hi Tom, I've watched a few of your videos, and they have all been quite impressive.  I do have one question.  What types of glue do you use, and how do you decide which glue is the right one for a particular application?  Thank you in advance!

  7. Greg Smith
    March 30, 2017

    Great job, Tom. You do wonderful work. I looked through all your videos to see if I could find something similar to my situation — Victorian rocker with broken leg and stretcher and missing one of 7 back spindles. Tough assembly, especially the spindle in the back. I didn't want to disassemble the entire back for that one little piece. Besides there were nails holding the tenons in the crest. So I turned the spindle then cut it on the bandsaw into a fat part, down the length about 2 inches, then out the other side, got each end in the hole and then glued it back together. Because of the width of the bandsaw blade I had to make that section a little larger in order to take it down with a file to make it disappear. Difficult, but it worked. What I always find most difficult is matching the colors of the new wood to the existing wood. You had the same trouble with this chair so I don't feel too bad. — Love your videos! Really professionally photographed and edited! Do you do all that too? (Love your animals!) Thanks again and keep it up! We want more!

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