More working with Pine #10: Getting close to the finish line....

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Blog entry by bandit571 posted 06-07-2016 03:07 AM 1016 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well, got the armrests done..

The square part didn’t ake all that long to chop out. The round hole? Forstner bit. So, when the armrest settles down over the tenon on the top of the front post, the post will get “housed” in the round hole….more places to add glue. I also chopped a mortise in each of the rear posts. Armrest would then slip into that mortise, and onto the tenon. I drilled a through hole through that rear post, in the center of the mortise. It will allow me to counter bore from the back of the posts, and drive a screw into the armrests

Needed a saw kerf into the tenons..

Ok, after making a couple Walnut wedges, time to attach the armrests

Spread around a bit of glue where needed, add a screw into the back of the post….

And drive a wedge to secure things out in front. Set the rocker up on the bench, got a new sanding belt in the sander..

As there were a few “flat spots” in the rockers. Sanded those out. Other spots needed either a touch of the belt
( where the posts meet the rockers) or a palmsander. A few of the seat slats needed trimmed for length, then sanded smooth. Got the rocker up the stairs (somehow) to see how it looked in the light of day..

And gave it a test ride. Creaks a bit, like an old rocker should. Pups wanted to chew on one of the rockers….
Hauled the chair, a brush, and the can of Witch’s Brew out the back door. Took awhile to apply the stuff to every nook and cranny ( BLO STINKS!) but finally I was able to set the rocking chair aside to dry…

The white rocker is one you can buy at WalMart, the brown thing beside it is the one I made. Haven’t heard whether I need to buy a cushion for the new rocker….yet. The White rocker is the pattern I was trying to use

But with a few of my own little touches. I think I got mine close to the pattern.

Hope you all enjoyed reading along. Next stop will be posting as a project, as soon as the finishing is done.
Remember, this is the first adult sized rocking chair I have ever made. Maybe the next one (if any) will go a bit better? Not really a “Chair Guy”. Thanks again, for looking in..

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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#1 posted 06-07-2016 07:58 AM

I think we will have to call you Sam Maloof Mk2 from now on!

-- Regards Rob

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#2 posted 06-07-2016 10:39 AM

Nicely done. I know from experience that chairs aren’t the easiest thing to make so I am duly impressed how well your ‘first’ turned out. I did appreciate that you made it with hand tools too, so I’m thinking that you must have enjoyed the build as much as the result.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 06-07-2016 01:30 PM

Thanks. We’ll see what this looks like after a few top coats.

-- A Planer? I'M the planer, this is what I use

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