My First Rocker

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Blog series by Betsy updated 08-12-2009 03:55 AM 9 parts 14767 reads 60 comments total

Part 1: Preparing and planning

03-15-2009 08:27 PM by Betsy | 10 comments »

I’ve just about have my cabinet project done and since I have no interest in watching a finish coat dry I’m going to start getting all my things together to do my first rocking chair. I’ve looked a long time trying to find a chair that I thought I could do and that would still be a bit of a challenge. A Maloof chair seemed like too much to start with – those joints are amazing. Since I have no room for a rocking chair in my house – I thought I would use this as m...

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Part 2: leg laminations

03-19-2009 04:43 AM by Betsy | 3 comments »

Not too far along – but while I was waiting for the finish to dry on the cabinet I started to rough out the pieces. I’m working on doing the laminations. Once I get my friend’s cabinet done – i’ll be spending more time on the rocker.

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Part 3: Tenons or mortises first

03-20-2009 03:25 AM by Betsy | 9 comments »

I’ve always been a mortise first kind of gal. But this rocker project has got me thinking that I may need to do the tenons first. Before I start that topic. I have to show the only pictures I have for tonight. (Might as well bore you now after all – or build up the suspense – one or the other). Anyway – here are the leg laminations. They came out really well. Zero gaps/voids on the edges and the glue line is almost not there at all. This is the pile of lum...

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Part 4: Make the rocker template

03-24-2009 03:44 AM by Betsy | 6 comments »

I confess to knowing nothing about using a trammel. I’ve always understood the concept – but have never used it; until now. I can’t say that I did it correctly, except for the final product – I must have done OK. I did not have an empty space large enough in my shop so I used my kitchen counter top. (I don’t recommend doing so without permission if you are married.) I did not have a long enough piece of scrap to do the job – so I had to secure two piece...

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Part 5: Done! - the milling I mean

04-05-2009 11:12 PM by Betsy | 4 comments »

It’s taken 12 days but I finally have all the milling done. I plan to start the shaping of the parts this week. I some work on the rockers to get them cleaned up. I sure like working with cherry. So here’s my pile of rocker parts. Not very interesting – but sure was a lot of work. I can now very much appreciate the cost of a nice rocker. Thanks for looking.

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Part 6: Small steps

05-02-2009 05:05 AM by Betsy | 4 comments »

I’ve not had a lot of shop time lately, but I’m inching my way back in. I’ve got my rockers and arms cut and shaped. Still have some sanding to finish up. I did the “heavy” cutting on the band saw and then finished the shaping with a microfile and block plane. Still need some more practice with the hand tools. I didn’t “fit” the curve on the arm that will slide up against the chair leg yet. I decided to wait on the final sizing of that until ...

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Part 7: Working on the back - and introduction of my new shop buddies!

05-04-2009 04:59 AM by Betsy | 7 comments »

Started working on the back of my rocker this weekend. Got the mortises cut for the back slats and the ends cutout and ready to round over. This is my gobbled together drill press fence to use to get my spacing. Nothing pretty but it did the job. The mortises are 3/8 in thickness, 3/4 in length and 3/4 in depth. Used a 3/8 forestner bit to drill the main holes then cleaned up with a chisel. Finally I’ve started fiddling with getting the router set up for rounding ov...

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Part 8: Getting the back close to ready to go

05-11-2009 02:04 AM by Betsy | 5 comments »

Got some quality time in the shop this weekend. Still have to do some finish sanding, etc. but the back pieces seems to fit. I’m pretty happy with the way the mortises/tenons fit together. I also got the templates made for my legs. The back piece fits into the leg template pretty well. Now the question – Since the back slats are captured in the back rails and the back assembly is going to be captured between the side pieces, do I really need to glue the sla...

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Part 9: Assembled - but not yet ready for prime time - and of course a question or two

08-12-2009 03:55 AM by Betsy | 12 comments »

So here’s proof – that I’m still around. I’ve taken a long break from the net as I found I wasn’t getting anything done! I thought I’d just pop on and show you the progress on my rocker. Obviously from the pictures the main assembly is done. I have to do the plugs and final sanding. For those who have done this chair – you’ll notice I used 11 seat slats instead of 10. I did not like the spacing for 10 slats so I changed the spacing and added ...

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