Morris style glider #1: Design and adapting to fit onto glider base

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Blog entry by Ryan Tanguay posted 08-09-2014 01:14 AM 2815 reads 7 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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My wife and I have recently found out we are expecting. Once I knew, I just had to make something for my wife and soon to be child. I know it is great to have a rocking chair in the baby’s room to rock them to sleep. I have always liked the look and movement of glider rockers. I figured it was the perfect opportunity to build one.

I got the core plans from Wood magazine’s issue 112. I followed the plans for the chair pretty much exactly. Due to the low profile of the chair I had two options to make the clearance for the glider base. The first was to extend the sides of the chair downward 6”. Since I love the original proportions of the chair, I did not want to fiddle with that. My second option was to add a second tier below the side rails. I tried to replicate the aesthetic of the chair and make sure it didn’t look slapped on.

I am still in the design and planning stages. This will be quite an undertaking for myself, as I have never done a project project this complicated. My thought is to use walnut and maybe an a different material for the laminated arms and trying to book match them to make it symmetrical.

I would love any feedback or constructive criticism. I hope to keep posting my updates and progress.

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#1 posted 08-09-2014 05:58 PM

What a great adaption and I bet it will be around for a long time and even passed down

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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