Free style Rocking Chair

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Project by alholstein posted 12-22-2015 06:08 AM 1341 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my attempt at making a rocking chair. My original goal was to make a traditional Maloof rocking chair, but didn’t know if I had the skill and patience to make one. I looked on the internet for modern rocking chairs and found a style that I thought I could make. However along the way the style changed from what I saw. I am happy with this one as a prototype and will make some minor modifications on the next one.

The suspended seat on the back was a modification that I made different than anything I saw pictured. I hope that the dovetail and 3 inch screw will past the test of time.

The wood is mahogany recovered by a friend from an old pool table body. So I had a lot of holes to work around. I was able to miss most of then, however had to fill a few with plugs.

I bent an 1/8 dowel to get some of my curves for various pieces and used the first piece as a template for the matching other side. I used an existing rocker to get the pattern for the rocker, because I didn’t know how to design the proper curve on my own.

It looks a little dangerous to sit in, as it tipped back more than the usual chair. That is because I hadn’t figured on the weight of the seat changing the center of gravity. I had only set the legs on the floor when trying to determine how I wanted the seat placed.

It is quite stable and safe, however.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#1 posted 12-22-2015 02:54 PM

Dang Al! That thing looks sweet.

Just curious… when you’re sitting “static” in it by not rocking and letting it find it’s own “resting point”, do you feel like you’re going to tip over (backwards) ?

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#2 posted 12-22-2015 05:09 PM

The first time that you sit in it you get that feeling. I think the angle is probably like an Adirondack chair, that sets you back. But you get used to it and it rocks very well.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#3 posted 12-22-2015 06:23 PM

Thanks Al. I like the look of it. Looks pretty sturdy too

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#4 posted 12-22-2015 08:57 PM

That’s pretty cool. I really like the style you came up with.

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

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