Fitted Cherry Rocker

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Project by bowtie posted 11-02-2014 02:21 PM 1812 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As you can tell by my projects I have a fascination with rocking chairs. I have spent hours looking at pictures of rocking chairs and sitting in them trying them out. I have never built a rocker from a plan. As beautiful as they are the Maloof, Windsor, mission ect styles are not quite what I want.
I drew up some sketches that were appealing to me and I built a chair back with flexible slats and a sliding lumbar brace ( a later project to post ) and set it to fit my back.
I traced this curve to cardboard with 1” squares and using cut 2-d software created a toolpath and machined the sides with 1/4” x 1 1/4” mortises.
I was going to use red cedar slats for flexibility but I was overtaken by the beauty of the cherry and made new slats from cherry.
The joinery is tenons, standard dowels, and miller x dowels.
I am happy with how comfortable this chair is and find it’s profile quite pleasing but of course already have some changes in mind.
The finish is Minwax water based Helmsman .
Thanks for looking and comments, questions or critiques are welcome

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#1 posted 11-02-2014 02:32 PM

I like it. The cherry slats are the way go.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#2 posted 11-02-2014 02:52 PM

Nice work, I agree, the cherry slats are gorgeous!
Looks very comfy to sit in as well…

-- tr ...see one, do one, teach one...

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#3 posted 11-02-2014 03:44 PM

this is a beautiful chair, i love the design and it looks like something i could sit in for just awhile, those slats for the back look comfy and i hope there will be plenty of stories told from this chair…, you always do a beautiful job on whatever you make, its all eye candy to me…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#4 posted 11-02-2014 06:09 PM

This is a chair to “RELAX” in. Great job all the way around and the cherry will age with time and just add to the character of the chair.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#5 posted 11-02-2014 09:35 PM

Beautiful rocker! I like the simple modern design. What kind of seat did you use under the cushion? Is it solid wood or did you use some sort of slat or lattice support?

Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 11-02-2014 09:44 PM

Great job. A rocker is high on my to do list.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 11-03-2014 01:07 AM

Leafherder, I used triangular cherry corner cleats and 3/8” plywood for some flex in the seat as well. I may cane the seat in the next one.

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#8 posted 11-03-2014 01:12 PM

very nice looking rocker!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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