First Rocking Chair

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Project by ABear55 posted 06-22-2015 09:18 AM 2351 views 5 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My youngest daughter came to the house one day and said Daddy. I need a rocking chair. She and her husband had decided to have a baby. No hurry she says. So I gather up some pictures to show her and let her pick the chair. She never made up her mind. Five months later she tells me she is pregnant but still can’t decide which chair. I pick the sculpted chair since I have seen them and liked them. Different from the norm. I thought I can have fun with this. She had the baby 9 months later and it took me two more months to finish this chair. It took me ten months in my spare time nights and weekends. I messed up more than I ever have on a project this size. But she loves it and all of her friends want one. Not happening. It is made of Red Oak and Hard Maple. Really Hard Maple. Thanks and my apologies for the wordiness.

-- IF it ain't broke, Break it. Then you'll have something to do!

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#1 posted 06-22-2015 11:30 AM

That is a beautiful sculptured rocker. I love it.

I have never see one like it. It looks so comfortable and the meshing of the seat and back wood is a real eye catcher.

Nice work…................Cheers, Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#2 posted 06-22-2015 12:52 PM

That’s hilarious that she couldn’t decide so you had to pick. Nice choice and execution. Messing up just means you learned a lot.

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#3 posted 06-22-2015 12:56 PM

This turned out so nicely and will be in the family for a long time. Congratulations and welcome to Lumberjocks.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 06-22-2015 03:00 PM

That is awesome. Is this your design?

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#5 posted 06-22-2015 03:38 PM

Design is not really mine. I have seen this scupplted chair on internet. I did make some changes. I changed the arm rests and added relief cuts to rockers and I added the connection between the arm rests. Tried to make it mine visually.
Thank you all for taking time to view it. I have been on site for couple years but rarely get the time to browse or post. I will try to do better on that. Thanks again.

-- IF it ain't broke, Break it. Then you'll have something to do!

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#6 posted 06-22-2015 03:43 PM

Very wonderful chair for a person that is very special to you, but just a word of warning, you mentioned
youngest daughter and ain’t happening in your story. What are you going to say to the oldest daughter?
Welcome to Lumberjocks. When I looked for sculpted and sculptured rocking chairs, they show only the
carved seat, only saw one that looked like yours. Would you share your scource? Thank you for sharing.
I was writing while you were posting, thank you for the answer.

-- As ever, Gus-the 82 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#7 posted 06-22-2015 03:54 PM

I found this and use these plans but modified them. He has two plans one for plywood and one for solid wood.
My thanks to the
My other daughter didn’t want a rocking chair.
Again thanks

-- IF it ain't broke, Break it. Then you'll have something to do!

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#8 posted 06-22-2015 04:49 PM

Really, really nice design and outcome. This is a chair to be passed down through the generations of pregnant women…

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#9 posted 06-22-2015 06:15 PM

Beautiful chair. What type of finish did you use? Thanks for posting (and inspiring).

-- Leafherder

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#10 posted 06-22-2015 06:21 PM

With it being a rocking chair I decided to go with durable. I put 28 coats of rub on poly with 12 hour cure on each coat. One coat in the morning and one at night. I thought that would be hard enough to keep the dents to a minimum. So far it’s working. I stopped at 28 just because that was when she came to the house to get it. I stopped two days short I think to give it time to fume out.

-- IF it ain't broke, Break it. Then you'll have something to do!

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#11 posted 06-23-2015 03:00 AM

An heirloom for sure.

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#12 posted 06-23-2015 04:22 AM

First rocking chair? This is awesome! I want to see next one. I like those fingerjoints and back curve.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 06-23-2015 08:20 PM

Wow! You do amazing work. I kept hearing myself say “Wow!” as I looked at each picture.
I agree with the others. If this is your first attempt, I can’t wait to see what you do next!

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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