1st Rocking Chair

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Project by David65 posted 08-28-2009 04:35 AM 2079 views 5 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

OK where should I start??? This was a project a year overdue. This was supposed to be a birthday gift last year for my wife. But with compassion and a good heart she waited for it. From first to last is the Rocking Chair in its stages. The last picture is my Wife’s first seat in the chair after the staining and the seat was finished. I am going to do a lacquer finish to seal it. It is made out of Oak and stained with Minwax “English Chestnut”. I had fun making it even after sawing one of the back legs in half and hafting to start over on the legs.

-- David '65

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#1 posted 08-28-2009 05:07 AM

That is an awesome rocking chair! Love the laminating of the rockers that is always a good move. I hope Mama’s really happy as this is a very nice piece that can be handed down again and again.

-- I cut it twice and the damn thing is still too [email protected]#$%

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#2 posted 08-28-2009 05:10 AM

very nice rocker looks great

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#3 posted 08-28-2009 05:46 AM

Rocker looks fatastic and your wife seems to like it.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#4 posted 08-28-2009 06:27 AM

Very nice.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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Rob Drown

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#5 posted 08-28-2009 06:32 AM

That is one happy customer, can’t do better than that!!

Beautiful lady and chair!

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#6 posted 08-28-2009 08:08 AM

Very nice! I can’t believe how much “English Chestnut” looks like ammonia fuming. Hmmm…

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#7 posted 08-28-2009 12:15 PM

Great looking chair. looks like it was worth the weight. Very good build.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#8 posted 08-28-2009 12:19 PM

Congrats, thats a great rocking chair, I know your wife will enjoy it.

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#9 posted 08-28-2009 01:09 PM

Really Nice

brings back memories of my fathers rocker on the front porch

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#10 posted 08-28-2009 01:39 PM

Did you make this from a plan? Do you have any pics of your seat pad process you can share with us?

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#11 posted 08-28-2009 02:59 PM

That came out excellent!
I would like to make one just like it, but will have to wait until my skills catch up to yours.
It looks like your lovely wife enjoys it a lot!
Good job!

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#12 posted 08-28-2009 03:32 PM

nice looking rocker, roomy, I notice you have a sewing machine, did you sew up the the material for the seat?the design looks very simiuliar to one in Woodsmith mag that I built a few years ago. lookin good

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#13 posted 08-28-2009 04:00 PM

Great work. She should enjoy it for years to come. BTKS

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#14 posted 08-28-2009 04:39 PM

Once you are very nice in your remarks. I was inspired to make this after seeing the Craftsman style Rocking Chair that “LJ” Creg Mitchell made about a month ago. As he suggested I made it from a plan at easy to fallow as long as you watch your cuts LOL… Total cost for me was around $300.00 mainly because I had to purchase additional wood because I ended up cutting one of the back legs in half. If you go to the site you can purchase the plans for about $12.00 down load. Well worth the buy. Sorry I didn’t take any pictures of the seat build but I followed the pictures in the plan and all went well. You do need to sew the seat cover together so I used my wife’s sewing machine which I think I use more than she does. As always thank you all again…

-- David '65

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#15 posted 08-28-2009 06:13 PM

Well done. Now you need to build a small tabourette for your wife’s cup of tea.

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