Top Secret....Rocker for my Wife #3: Sketch of chair

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Blog entry by bues0022 posted 11-29-2010 07:39 PM 1463 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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As promised, here is my VERY rough sketch of what I envision the chair ending up looking like.


I essentially took an image I found online of a maple rocker, and colored it to my liking. Dark represents walnut, light represents spalted maple.

As you can see most of the chair is walnut. Rockers are laminated walnut/maple. Headrest has a center maple section, flanked by walnut. It’s tough to see, but the joints at the seat will have a detail of maple. I’m also thinking of making the dowels out of maple to help tie in the second color a bit more. The back uprights extend past the headrest, and I’m thinking of curving them ever-so-slightly backward.

The most unique color feature of this chair will be the seat. I really like the dual-toned seat that Paulfromaction (sp?) showed me from his website. However, I don’t want to merely copy someone else’s work, but build on it (no pun intended!). The top and bottom pieces will be 0.25” walnut. The center will be mostly maple, but on the back edge, and sides, it will be ringed with a 0.5” wide piece of walnut. Before laminating, this center piece of wood will look like maple framed in walnut, but missing the front edge of the frame. The effect when complete will be a seat pan that from all angles appears to have the maple completely encased in walnut. I’m pretty excited about this feature, and think it will look nice. It will also, in my opinion, clean up the appearance of the Maloof joint between the legs and the seat allowing the thin strip of maple detail at this joint to really pop.

As always, the comments and advice is welcome!

-- Ryan -- Bristow, VA

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#1 posted 11-29-2010 07:40 PM

I forgot to mention that the back slats will keep the downward arc, while the headrest will have an upward arc. I think the opposite flow of these two lines will look nice.

-- Ryan -- Bristow, VA

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#2 posted 11-29-2010 07:53 PM

What a great project to take on. I like the little design features you are planning. Great start, cant wait to see some more progress.

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#3 posted 11-29-2010 08:10 PM

Looks like if you can keep it a secret from your “Honey” you will have one fantastic surprise! I will follow your posts!

Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#4 posted 11-30-2010 05:06 PM

This will be fun for all of us. I think you could charge admission to the blog and pay off the lumber bill!

-- " his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

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#5 posted 12-01-2010 02:02 AM

Be sure to laminate in the proper grain direction because of wood movement, I will watch for progress reports. good luck

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#6 posted 12-01-2010 08:16 PM

I hadn’t given much thought to laminating the back slats just yet. I know with laminates you are supposed to have 0 and 90 degree layers to keep the wood stable – but don’t know exactly how to accomplish that yet with the back slats. Same goes with the rockers. Maybe there is something in the book about it. On the seat, I’ll make sure to have the bottom layer at 90 degrees to the top layer. Thanks for the reminder.

-- Ryan -- Bristow, VA

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