Craftsman Rocking Chair

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Project by Greg Mitchell posted 07-15-2007 11:01 PM 10201 views 10 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This rocker was built from plans I purchased from Wood Magazine. I had never built a chair before, and thought it would be a great chair to start with. I had a lot of fun building it. It is built out of quarter sawn white oak. I did have to build the rockers twice. The plans called for the runners to be laminated for 1/4” thick stock. I ended up with gaps in my laminations on the first try. I ended up laminating the runners from 1/8” thick stock, and this worked much better. It is finished with a couple of coats of just a oil/poly blend, and then a few more coats of wipe on poly. This chair is also very comfortable without the runners. It would make a great dinner room chair.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, [email protected]

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#1 posted 07-15-2007 11:14 PM

Very nice chair. I really like the qtr. sawn white oak. It looks to be very comfortable…

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#2 posted 07-15-2007 11:25 PM

Very nice, I love the through tenons.
I’m also a big fan of white oak – just love the way the rays really pop out.

Did you cover the seat too? What is the material on the seat?
Did you have any problems with blowout when you cut the through holes for the tenons?


-- Jeff - Pflugerville, TX

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#3 posted 07-15-2007 11:41 PM

nice rocker … very sweet

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 07-16-2007 12:15 AM

Good work!

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#5 posted 07-16-2007 12:28 AM

Boy is that beautiful! I’m very impressed with chair builders!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#6 posted 07-16-2007 03:06 AM

Cool, great first chair. Someday I’ll give one a try.

-- Dan in Central Oklahoma, Able to turn good wood into saw dust in the blink of an eye!

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#7 posted 07-16-2007 04:23 AM

I’ too, am impressed with chair builders. This is a nice example of the craftsman’s style; simple, clean, honest.

I have still to effect a correction to my first and only rocker. I’m working on it this week.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#8 posted 07-16-2007 04:51 AM

Great Chair / Rocker.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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Greg Mitchell

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#9 posted 07-17-2007 07:44 PM

I did cover the seat myself. It has been covered in leather. As for the trough tenons. I used a piece of 1/2” MFD underneath the leg stock for a backer. Each time I would cut a tenon I would move the MDF over a little so I would be cutting into a new spot on the MDF. This seems to work great. Thanks for all of the great comments.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, [email protected]

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#10 posted 07-19-2007 05:38 PM

That is a sweet chair. Very good wood choice & the stain is the perfect color for that mission look. This is my favorite project of yours. I have wanted to build a rocker for some time but could not pull of something as nice as this!

-- Woodbutcher extraordinaire

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#11 posted 07-19-2007 05:42 PM

Great rocking chair Greg. Chairs are the most challenging item to make. One day I hope to make a chair.

-- Bill, Turlock California,

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Greg Mitchell

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#12 posted 07-19-2007 05:45 PM

Thanks for the comments guys.

-- Greg Mitchell--Lowell, [email protected]

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#13 posted 03-20-2008 11:01 PM

Very nice rocking chair! I hope to make one someday too! I like how your armrests pick up the darker color of the leather seat cushion.

-- SteveL

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#14 posted 08-25-2008 03:50 PM

That rocker is a beauty.
I’m gonna have to practice a little more before I can make something that nice!
Good Job.
Bet it “rides” nice!

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#15 posted 07-12-2009 04:23 PM

Greg, beautiful craftsmanship! I need a chair builder…would like to move a couple a month for starters. We are in Dallas. Would love an excuse to visit NW Arkansas. How’s the fishing?

Chairs can be nude, I can add final touches here. Might be great opportunity for both of us…Dallas has lots of potential. If not interested, know someone who is?

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