rocking chair after big freeze

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Blog entry by branch posted 01-08-2011 02:31 AM 2217 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

hi fellow LJ just got back into the workshop a few days ago after the big freeze which lasted nearly 4 weeks it got as low as -minus 20 at night .even in the middle of the day it was minus 12 to 15 it was to cold to even think about going into the workshop .I lost all my glue it froze soled even though i had it in a box made out of high density air board i had to through about 50 euro worth in the bin lesson learned .it was great to get back to making something here is some photos of a rocking chair i am trying to make for a nephew of mines for her first birthday in a few weeks
here is the arms

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and the back rest


this it the seat and legs


the rockers


all the parts be for Assembly


the start of asssembly





here is some photos of the big freezes






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#1 posted 01-08-2011 02:40 AM

Cool clamping system. Low tech, but effective.

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#2 posted 01-08-2011 02:43 AM

way to go branch

moving into new work
always a good feeling

your place looks like mine sometimes
had 6” of snow at -18 for christmas

nice rocker
happy kids

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 01-08-2011 05:00 AM

Will be a great looking rocker and make a nice present. Looks cold over ther Branch, did I tell you it is in the 90’s down here and getting to hot to be in the shed. Good to see you back in the shed and enjoying yourself.

-- Bob C, Australia. Your best teacher is your last mistake.

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#4 posted 01-08-2011 05:45 AM

Great looking rocker. You do some very nice work. I never would have guessed that Ireland got that cold. I lived in North Dakota and South Dakota for years and it would get that cold for months on end. Thanks for posting. Would love to see the finished piece.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#5 posted 01-08-2011 10:03 AM

Fascinating way to clamp everything together. It is so simple yet I know I wouldn’t have thought of it. It is looking very nice

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#6 posted 01-08-2011 01:03 PM

Nice rocking chair, nice clamping! I haven’t been into my workshop since before Christmas!

-- Jamsie

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#7 posted 01-08-2011 04:25 PM

What a great gift, I know that it will be appreciated. Children always like to rock and will cherish it always. Please keep us posted with more photos as the project progresses. Your work is always of good quality!
Thanks for sharing!!
The SedcoKid aka Chuck

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#8 posted 01-08-2011 05:42 PM

hi thanks for all your comment’s much appreciated .the clamping is a old trick that my dad taught me many many years ago when he had only 1 or 2 clamps and couldnt afford to bye Any more he would use the clamps to tighten the joint together then use the rope twist it tight with a scrap piece of wood Tied it up take off the clamp and use the clamps on the next joint it saved time waiting on the glue to dry it worked great for him he said he learned it from his grandfather who used to make horse and donkey drawing carts for the farmers .
all my brothers and sisters got to gether around Christmas time for a meal we where talking about things that we remember about when we where growing up it was great fun remembering.
so when i was working on this rocker chair i thought i would use dads old method of clamping for fun and bring back some great memories of working or annoying my dad when i was just a child i will never forget tho good old days and the time we spent together in that old work shop no electricity all hand tools still have a few of his old tools just for keep seek .its been 27 years since he past away. it is always good to make something new and keep on challenge you self variety is the spice of life ha ha .
its not normal for it to be that cold here in Ireland just these last few years it gets very cold .
i will post some photo’s of the rocker when i get it finished .
it is snowing here again


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#9 posted 01-09-2011 01:40 AM

great project branch! I think the big freeze is back!!

-- shavins

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