A Couple of rocking chair questions

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Forum topic by daveintexas posted 10-17-2007 06:24 AM 839 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-17-2007 06:24 AM

I am in the process of designing and building a rocking chair. I have been harvesting all the info from the net but cant seem to find answers to some questions I have.

I have noticed in alot of the more modern rocking chairs, that the rear of the rockers them selves seem to be cantered inward, so that when viewing both rockers they seem splayed.
Is there a particular reason for this? Does it help with the rocking motion? Or is it a product of the chair design?

Also. When making the back slats thru bent wood lamination, Is it ok to laminate 2 1/2 inch wide strips to form the slats, then rip it into two 1 1/4 slats on the band saw??

and thanks for all the welcomes I have recieved.


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#1 posted 10-19-2007 04:42 PM

I have thought about building a rocking chair some day a bit further down the road, seems like a big challenge for me at this point. If you have time can you post some of the links you found most useful? Where did you get your final design from?

-- "so much to learn and so little time"..

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#2 posted 10-19-2007 05:21 PM

I can’t speak to your first question – I don’t know about the splay on the rockers.

But, as long as you can rip a straight line on your bandsaw, I don’t see why you couldn’t laminate 2 1/2” and make two 1 1/4” backs slats. You might even want to laminate a little wider in case you have glue squeeze out or a laminate slips a bit – then you have room to clean up one side – run that side through your joiner and still have room to get your two 1 1/4” slats.

-- Paul, Kentucky

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#3 posted 10-26-2007 06:14 AM

I have built a few rockers and I can tell you just from my experiece (I’m not a scientist or anything)but I have done both straight rockers and canted.The canted rocker seems to rock forward better more self propelled if you will.The main thing I like about canting is the looks and it kind of helps “tuck” the very back end of the runners out of the way from being hit from foot traffic especially if they are long.You can see a few on my web site can laminate the back slats or I just cut out of solid 1 1/2’” wood stock.Hope maybe that helps good luck

-- Scott NM,

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#4 posted 10-26-2007 01:58 PM

Scott and Mark DeCou build excellent rockers. They are the ones to listen to.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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