Wormy soft maple rocker ( Hal Taylor version )

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Blog series by Canadian Woodworks updated 06-10-2010 11:04 PM 10 parts 25306 reads 34 comments total

Part 1: First progress report

02-22-2010 07:49 AM by Canadian Woodworks | 4 comments »

Okay I started this chair Jan 28th 2010 I wanted to get finish put on after 30 days…... simple goal eh? To my credit I got everything I could have done until I needed to use th 1/2’’ rabbit and 3/4 round over I did not have but ordered took 10 days to get here )-: So far total working days possible – 16 Progress This is a rocker design by Hal Taylor, I purchased his templates, PDF book, and video. I was at first a little on the fence as it started to a...

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Part 2: back leg shaping

02-23-2010 05:31 PM by Canadian Woodworks | 4 comments »

Today I did some shaping on the rear joints using the kerf marks I made at the top and bottom of the seat I cut then sanded a nice profile. Also cut some angles to allow the head rest to flow into the legs. You can’t tell but I worked for a few hours on them legs.

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Part 3: Shaped front legs, attaching back legs

03-01-2010 09:06 AM by Canadian Woodworks | 2 comments »

I have been doing some work over the past few days since my last up date. In this series it just shows me doing the glue up on the rear legs, and shows off the now shaped front legs. I made some 6 degree wedges for the sides and some square blocks for the rear as per Hals instructions, he even has a special way of making the blocks. It’s funny cause I’ve read his book so much, and watched the video over and over it feels like I know the guy but really I’ve never even s...

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Part 4: Fitted head rest, cleaned up seat joints

03-01-2010 09:27 AM by Canadian Woodworks | 5 comments »

So ya I made the head rest a while ago, and now i’m finally attaching it, holes are drilled mouth head rest kerf the top, draw radius, cut radius ( top and bottom ), shape bottom, attach in place add large round over to top. I’ve cleaned up the joints to near perfection! (-: at least by my standards maybe not Hals but i’ll do even better on my next chair which will be out of walnut I think maybe cherry but i’d rather do one out of walnut. The way the legs are ...

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Part 5: Attaching arms

03-01-2010 06:10 PM by Canadian Woodworks | 0 comments »

Stayed up way late last night to get these arms attached I wanted the glue to cure over night. I followed the instructions from Hal about how to ” fix ” the joint, I actually used a 80grit 9’’ stick on sanding disk and a piece of 120 from my drum sander, both worked great because they are stiff paper. Basically attach the arm where it should be, put sand paper between joint and pull, sounds easy looks easy but it did take me a few minutes to get the hang of it, m...

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Part 6: Stacks to rockes, extra width to back braces, jigs

03-03-2010 05:32 AM by Canadian Woodworks | 3 comments »

Empty clamp rack…... hmmm what could that mean, where did they go? Here they are, adding the ” stacks ” to my rockers, and adding a little thickness to the bottom of the back braces While i’m showing the rocker Jig, I might as well show the back brace jig, both are 8, 3/4’’ pieces of mdf, I think I went a little over killbut hey if i’m building chairs for the next 30 yrs it was worth it! Arms glued next step is shaping top...

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Part 7: Arm shaping

03-05-2010 04:36 AM by Canadian Woodworks | 1 comment »

Shaped the arm bottoms and tops still more work left on both though, not much to say this time around.

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Part 8: Started and finished back supports, and fisrt time sitting on the rockers.... yay

03-09-2010 06:51 AM by Canadian Woodworks | 6 comments »

So i’ve now cut the tops and bottoms of the back supports, rounded ends to fit, sanded smooth all that needed to be, this part is pretty straight forward follow the instructions! I’m really happy how my back supports turned out BTW in these pics the finish is still just off the band saw, I love that thing! I’ve also got the stacks glued up on the rockers, soon i’ll be shaping and attaching!! Almost there \

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Part 9: Lot's of sanding, Glueing the headrest and mounting rockers / shaping rockers

03-10-2010 02:48 AM by Canadian Woodworks | 2 comments »

By the end of these pictures I’m siting in a rocking chair, that rocks and is about 95% complete! So I sanded to 320 grit everywhere that it would be hard to once the back supports were installed for good, as well as the supports them selves. Then glued the head rest using some clamps to keep it in line and using the screws as clamps, you remove 2 of the screws once dry. I then turned her over, the chairs that is and drilled my holes for the rockers and attached, proceeded to s...

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Part 10: Wormy soft maple rocking chair finished!

06-10-2010 11:04 PM by Canadian Woodworks | 7 comments »

This was my first rocking chair I made, I built it about 3 months ago, actually did a blog on here about the build but never actually posted up final pictures actually this is the blog… I’ve since built 4 more chairs out of various woods, this one was built using wormy soft maple that my brother had cut about 10 years ago from the bush behind my house. I gave this chair to my grandparents, as I didn’t fell that I could sell my first one also the ” quality &#...

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