Double lacewood rocking chair #7: Making a rocker, rock!

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Blog entry by Canadian Woodworks posted 07-18-2010 02:19 AM 3235 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: shaping, sanding, glueing Part 7 of Double lacewood rocking chair series Part 8: Ready for finish! »

We start off with the rockers in there raw form 1/8’’ strips glue up to create the shape of the rocker.

We mark where the legs sit, and use our curve template to create our fair curve. Cut out on the band saw, and sand.

Next cut the rear of the rocker to add a little shape, the rocker will tell you how it wants to be shaped back there.

Next round over top edges of rocker.

Wax the ends of the back braces with melted wax place in the hole before it’s hard and jiggle.

( that’s what she said )

Anyways, all around the back braces and the headrest has been sanded to 500 abalon 100% complete also burnished with a wool pad, and were ready to glue up

Now we attache the rockers, align, drill for screws install screws, fix joints, remove screws, prime end grain with epoxy, scrape just as getting hard, apply more epoxy and mount rockers with 4’’ screws also coated with epoxy.

And of course i’ll add a little teaser one of my favorite shots!

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

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#2 posted 07-18-2010 04:24 AM

You make this look easy! Really looking forward to seeing the finished piece.

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#3 posted 07-18-2010 11:48 PM

Wow! Nice work…what skill.

What is the purpose of the wax in the holes? Moisture expansion? Wouldn’t the wax repel the finish?

Is there some ‘formula’ you use to define the rocker shape?

-- “Once more unto the breach, dear friends...” Henry V - Act III, Scene I

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#4 posted 07-19-2010 12:41 AM

The back braces flex to fit your back, so they move in the holes without the wax they have a little creeping feel that you notice with your back.

I use flexible abralon to sand the exposed braces it removes any excess wax as not to effect the finish.

Hal Taylor did a nice write up on rcker theory here is the link.

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

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