Jayne's Rowboat Rocker #1: Gotta Start Someplace

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Blog entry by captkerk posted 12-14-2010 05:04 AM 2122 reads 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This will probably be a pretty short blog, but wanted to share some progress of the next rocker I’m building. This one is for child #4, Jayne. It became tradition for each of my kids to get a rocker on their second Christmas and after plenty of thought about what to build, I finally decided on the boat.

I have never built a boat so I hope the more nautically inclined folks out there cut me a little slack about my construction methods (or suggest a better method!). I want it to look close enough to a boat to look good, but still be relatively easy to build. For that reason, I went with a flat, plywood bottom to simplify the construction and provide an easier platform to attach rockers to.

I plan to curve 1/4 plywood around wooden ribs to create the sides of the boat and attach to a flat plywood back (transom?).

The ribs are created with bridle joints between the uprights and the stretcher connecting each pair. I then drilled a 3/4” hole in each to receive a short dowel plug. Hopefully this will be plenty strong enough to keep the sides in place when bending the 1/4” ply around.

At the bow, I made a glued up block to hold the plywood sides in place and fit to the front of the plywood base.

I still need to shape the tops of all the ribs and the bow-piece, but I wanted to get the angles set first then worry about how tall to make the sides later (I still haven’t figured out all the dimensions). I suppose I’ll go back to my tried and true method of sizing these rockers; grab the nearest kid and put them on/in the thing and eyeball it!

More to come in the next few days since I only have about a week to get it done!

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#1 posted 12-14-2010 08:09 AM

Looking real good so far…nice job.

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#2 posted 12-14-2010 01:42 PM

It’s looking real good. You definately don’t need to worry much about the construstion methods. I built a boat rocker a while back, and from what I can see, the construction methods you’ve used so far are way superior to what I done.


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