Mother's Day Rocking Chair

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Project by breadly posted 05-28-2014 12:26 AM 2590 views 3 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first-born son was due on 5/22/14. So in Sept of ‘13, when i first learned we were expecting, i started this rocking chair project with hopes that i would finish before he was born. Luck being what it is, the baby came almost 2 weeks early (on 5/11) and so the chair wasn’t finished until he was almost 2 weeks old.

All that being said, the boy was born on mother’s day so this chair got to do double duty – it was a first birthday present for the boy and a first mother’s day present for mama!

Lumber was old milled Walnut and Myrtle bought from a retired sawyer in the Russian River Valley. Finished in Watco Danish Oil. Plans and templates were from Hal Taylor.

It’s got its warts. There are some errors and there are some flaws in the wood that I was forced to leave in due to limitations of available stock, but overall I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

BONUS: i finished my workbench in order to complete this project, you can catch a glimpse of it under the chair. May post as a separate project, but it’s a bit used looking after the chair went over it…

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#1 posted 05-28-2014 12:56 AM

I’m starting to like this style chair more and more, You have made a great example. Nice wood choice and good pics as well.
G Vavra

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#2 posted 05-28-2014 01:12 AM

Excellent job. A Maloof style rocking chair is high on my list of items to build.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 05-28-2014 10:25 AM

I think it looks fantastic. The graining in the back is just great.

-- ***Pat*** Rookie woodworker looking for an education!!!

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#4 posted 05-28-2014 12:18 PM

Beautiful chair and love the light and dark wood coloration. Lucky mom and a wonderful family treasure!

-- Ron, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#5 posted 05-28-2014 12:20 PM

Beautiful work; real nice timber too.
Gorgeous part of the country too.

-- Gary, Florida

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#6 posted 05-28-2014 12:28 PM

Great job I’m sure she Loves it….. Congrats on the addition to your family

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 05-29-2014 12:06 AM

you mention the “warts and blemishes”, I have been doing woodwork professionally for over 30 years and I can tell you that very few projects come out perfectly. usually more sanding, good putty mix, and spending more time in the finish room brings the project to acceptable status. Anyone who disagrees is either superman or full of s*. don’t apologize for a difficult project well done!

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#8 posted 05-29-2014 12:20 AM

That is a beautiful rocker and you have really allowed the beauty of the woods to “shine through”. I see a lot of character in the wood but no warts or blemishes visable from here!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 05-30-2014 07:57 AM

fantastic piece of furniture, You made a great job of the design, build and finish.
Thanks for posting.

-- >>>>> Stevie <<<<< --

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#10 posted 06-04-2014 04:33 PM

Beautiful rocker; incredible craftsmanship. Thanks for sharing.

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