Rocking Chair Build - Due Oct 5 #9: Laminating the Rockers

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Blog entry by Marshall posted 12-28-2015 04:26 AM 1531 reads 0 times favorited 0 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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At this point, all of the pieces for the chair have been milled and roughly shaped—except the rockers. The rockers are made using the same basic process as the back braces. I cut nine 1/8” thick “lams” for each rocker. Additionally, I needed 18 shorter lams per rocker for the stacks that rise up to meet the legs at the joint. In addition, I made one lam on each leg out of maple as an accent. The maple nicely ties in with the sapwood that I used elsewhere in the chair.

Just like with the back braces, I used my table saw to cut the lams. As I mentioned in Part 6, and was pointed out in the comments, it’s imperative that you follow Hal’s procedures, safety precautions, and advice exactly when making these cuts.

Same type of glue form as was used for the back braces:

Next, I needed to locate the stacks for the front and back leg joints. To do this, I used the glued up chair itself and a jig to locate the front leg exactly 1.5” back from the front of the rocker. Unfortunatley, I dont have any photos of this process or of shaping the stacks. The next photo shows those operations already complete.

Here, I am rounding over the edges with a 3/4” roundover bit.

And the final product:

-- Marshall -

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