Double lacewood rocking chair #1: Day number one - Do a bunch of work!

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Blog entry by Canadian Woodworks posted 06-24-2010 05:31 AM 2159 reads 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So i’ve been building the Sam Maloof, Hal Taylor inspired rocking chair to the point that about all I do is build these chairs and I love it!

I’ve decided to market them locally as well as on the internet, so far i’ve done small, medium and large in soft maple, walnut and lacewood or a combo of walnut / lacewood.

I want to be able to offer different rocking chairs as well as chairs and tables but let’s not get ahead of our selves here. Anyways i’ve decided I want to build a double rocker version of Hal Taylors chair I have not seen one so I don’t know if Hal or someone has built one yet.

I’m confident in everything I have to do / adjust to build the double, just don’t know yet if I will have to add a center leg that goes from seat to head rest. When you see double rockers there all based ofo of Sam’s design with glued back braces adding structural support to the head rest, now with this rocker the back braces flex and are designed to move in the seat and head rest.

Day 1

Get our wood together and lay out parts, cut all parts to rough dimensions

Back legs
Front legs
Head rest
Back brace billets
Rocker billets

By the end of the day we should have our rocker and back braces cut into lamination strips, the rockers should be glued up clamped in there jig. The first set of back braces should be glued up in their jig. The seat should be glued together, the head rest pieces should be coopered and the first pairs should be glued and clamped.

Also on the back legs you can do a few things cut some wood here and there, cut some angles on the top and bottoms, add a adder piece to the arm joint.

So when all is said and done you should be almost out of clamps just for this one chair I thought my clamp inventory was on the up and up…

Canadian Rocking Chairs

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#1 posted 06-24-2010 06:27 AM

HAHAHA! Nevermind skill. I’ll be 80 before I even have enough clamps. This is cool. I’m looking forward to more.

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#2 posted 06-24-2010 06:31 AM

The great wall of clamps great start

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#3 posted 06-24-2010 01:41 PM

WOW, I was thinking about trying one of these chairs, I can’t afford the clamps, let a lone the wood. Nice Demo.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Grant Libramento

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#4 posted 06-24-2010 01:46 PM

Aha! Your secret to a fast efficient build. Enough clamps!
Thanks for sharing your process.

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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Canadian Woodworks

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#5 posted 06-24-2010 02:48 PM

There is a chair under those clamps I swear

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#6 posted 06-24-2010 03:06 PM

Wow. That’s a full army of clamps!

I bet Darth Vader didn’t have as many stormtroopers at his disposal as you have clamps.

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#7 posted 06-24-2010 04:03 PM

You still have plenty of clamps left!

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#8 posted 06-24-2010 04:29 PM

I am interested in seeing this one come together! Looks like you are off to a great start!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Canadian Woodworks

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#9 posted 06-24-2010 04:45 PM

Thanks for the comments guys, i’ve been busy today so i’ll have some new pictures up tonight

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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