Third Rocker

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Blog entry by Paul posted 11-20-2013 08:45 PM 1574 reads 1 time favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

Working on my third rocker.Plans are from Charles Brock.The images have notes on them because my wife is posting the photos on her facebook page for her friends. But the notes might encourage some of the guys in here who might be a little intimidated about trying this rocking chair. With the video it’s not that hard of a project but it’s super rewarding when people see it then ask if I made it. The blog starts from the joining and sculpting stage because I wasn’t planning on posting any of this so I didn’t take any photos of the initial work. I did all the cuts a few months ago then had to stop because of other obligations. Things are moving pretty fast now and the pile of wood is not starting to look like a chair.

I found the easiest way to bring down the leg stock to the seat is with a grinder and a flap disc. I find it aggressive enough to make progress but not over aggressive that it wants to run all over the place. I bring it close enough to my witness lines and then file the rest. I also use this disc to take the stock out of the seat.
Front legs done.

All four legs done. Time for glue

One of my favorite parts of building this chair is when the legs are glued on and cured and then the excess glue is filed and sanded away. Four nice clean joints really set the tone for the rest of the chair.

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#1 posted 11-21-2013 07:54 PM

Started working on the rockers. Each will be two cherry, two walnut and then two cherry strips laminated together.

I also started fitting the headrest to the posts. On the last chair I felt the headrest was a little low and so on this chair I raised the headrest about 1 1/2”. This makes the horns above the headrest that much shorter. I still haven’t figured out what shape I will give them just yet.

The armrests are next. They are not my favorite part of the chair to work on. They have to be balanced because you see them at the same time no mater what angle you are viewing the chair from.

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