Top Secret....Rocker for my Wife #2: BUSTED!!!

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Blog entry by bues0022 posted 11-29-2010 01:40 AM 1665 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: Taking the plunge! Part 2 of Top Secret....Rocker for my Wife series Part 3: Sketch of chair »

So much for trying to keep this top secret! My wife checked my email account from my phone last night when we were driving back from Thanksgiving. She was a bit curious about what this Top Secret project was all about. I tried minimizing the damage by admitting that: “I was thinking of building one, but said that I don’t have nearly the ability to make it. The thread was just feeling it out, and it bombed on me.” She seemed to buy the excuse for now. And to make sure this doesn’t happen again I just made a new email account that she now doesn’t know about where I’ll get my LJ mail sent to!

I purchased plans this weekend. With some recommendations based on the ideas that I have, I purchased the Hal Taylor design book, set of plans, and backrest template. I’m hoping to get everything in the mail by Friday so I can make sure I know exactly what I’ll need for lumber purchasing this weekend.

As far as building the chair without her finding out, that won’t be a problem. We aren’t actually living in the same place right now. No, not from marital problems, but she is doing month-long clinical rotations at hospitals around the country as her last year of medical school. I’m living in Minneapolis with my Godfather until she is finished. He has a woodshop in his basement, so I’ll come home from work, play around for a few hours, give her a call and she’ll be none-the-wiser!

The wood supplier is definitely Treecycle Hardwoods from West Bend, WI ( I’m heading there on Saturday to pick out all my lumber. Unfortunately, his figured black walnut won’t be ready until February, as I’d have liked to have some figured wood for the arm rests. Even still, I’ll see what he has and post up some pictures once I have all my pieces.

Progress at first might be a little slow. I just got roped into building my mom a new live-edge, slab-top coffee table for Christmas. The design is pretty easy, but it still needs to be made. In any case, I’ll try to post up my crude picture of what I want it to look like soon.

-- Ryan -- Bristow, VA

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#1 posted 11-29-2010 01:57 AM

Looking forward to seeing progress. But you must keep MOM happy first.

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#2 posted 11-29-2010 02:12 AM

Keep a good blog with lots of pictures, I have looked into this also and a nice rocking chair for my Daughter, she just told us that I will be a Grandpa in June, would be a great gift for her. Now, All I have to do is find a good plan and wood to start.

-- David, Mesa Arizona

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#3 posted 11-29-2010 02:30 AM

David – I had a tough time deciding on a plan. What seemed to help me was look at TONS of pictures to figure out what you like, and what your Daughter might like. Then once you decide, ask questions and look at reviews online to see which plans will work well for you. I’ll make sure to put up a lot of pictures once things start progressing.

-- Ryan -- Bristow, VA

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#4 posted 11-29-2010 08:25 AM

umm… if she reads your email- maybe she reads L/J posts as well? Just a thought.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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Tim Dahn

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#5 posted 11-29-2010 01:27 PM

Well whether your you get busted or not, keep on doing this blog…looking forward to following along.

It sounds like you did not get the Hal Taylor DVD, I would suggest you consider that too, it has a ton of info and it is beneficial to see how it is done. Try for a sampling of what is on the dvd.

Also just in case you have not seen this, here is a blog done by a “first timer”

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#6 posted 11-29-2010 04:11 PM

I’m not too worried that she’ll log onto LJ and spy on me here. Discovery was just a function of information placed right in front of her. She’s not the spying type to hunt me down on here.

I’m going to continue the blog for sure. I have my plans on order, so it would be just a waste of money to not do it now, right? I did not get the DVD. While I’m sure it has a lot of great information, I needed to save a few bucks somewhere and this seemed like a place I could do that. Thanks for the link on the other blog. I’ll give that a read tonight.

-- Ryan -- Bristow, VA

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