Linda's Rocker

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Project by lobro4 posted 02-16-2016 10:20 PM 2672 views 10 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A sculpted rocker made especially for my sister. She’s one of the grandest people I know and I can’t wait to get this to her. It warms my heart to think of her comfortably rocking while she looks out over downtown Boston with a book in her hand. If I can but make her happy for one minute I have done well.
I used many videos and references to plan my build. First off was watching the Rocker Build on The Wood Whisperer. At the heart of this frame is the Montana Rocker by Scott Morrison—using his plans and video. The headrest is fashioned after the plans for Hal Taylor’s rockers. Five pieces of wood are coopered and then the final assembly cut to size. I especially like how this orients the grain vertically in the headrest. The back splats are bent lamination and are a bit over 1/2” thick. These are fashioned to look similar to what is found on Hal Taylor’s or Charles Brock’s chairs. To make the sculpted ends, I turned the splats on side and ran the ends over a dado blade to a stop block and then used a doweling tool to make the spindles. This a pretty cool little tool but a guy can wear out a wrist joint with the twisting it takes to make 12 spindles. For the arms, I enlarged the patten that came with the plans and sculpted the top and bottom surfaces using a horizontal crown molding bit. For the seat, I used Charles Brock’s “Big Smile Seat” construction—again using coopering. I sculpted the seat using a method demonstrated by Mario Rodriguez in August 2013 Popular Woodworking. I modified the technique a bit to allow for the scoop created by the Big Smile construction. The rockers are bent lamination. The build is from Mahogany. Everything sanded to 220. Color is provided by 2 coats of Watco Danish Oil Dark Walnut. This is then coated with two layers of Tried and True Oil-Beeswax with a good buffing.
Thanks for looking.

Scott Morrison Fine Woodworking Montana Rocker
Hal Taylor Rockers
Charles Brock Chairmaker
Lee Valley Dowel and Tenon Cutter,180,42288,52401
MLCS Horizontal Crown Molding Bit
Chair Scooping by Mario Rodriguez

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#1 posted 02-16-2016 10:27 PM

Heck of a construction job, Bro. I was lost after the first sentence and exhausted by the time you were done. :)

-- Deacon Tom--Talk to the wood, it won't argue!

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#2 posted 02-16-2016 10:57 PM

man that is one hell of a collaboration of many wood workers style,and i gotta say i love it,you made it your own rather than just copy one of those mentioned.its a nice toned down maloff or brock look, your sister is gonna love it,if not pm me and ill send you my planning a rocker myself and am taking notes on yours.thanks for the post.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 02-16-2016 11:40 PM

awesome job
I’ve never made one but have seen a few on this site
I could tell right away you made this custom

-- Greg Simon

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#4 posted 02-16-2016 11:58 PM

Great job, it is a beautiful rocker and thanks for all the website references. Those will come in handy when I get around to trying one of these. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#5 posted 02-17-2016 12:42 AM

Well it certainly is a beautiful rocker! I’m sure your sister is just gonna love it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#6 posted 02-17-2016 01:27 AM

Absolutely beautiful. Great job

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#7 posted 02-17-2016 02:51 PM

looks great

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#8 posted 02-17-2016 03:26 PM

This rocker turned out nicely and looks very comfortable.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 02-17-2016 07:48 PM

Lucky Linda!

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#10 posted 02-17-2016 11:45 PM

great looking rocker

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 02-18-2016 02:06 AM

Very nice job of combining many different styles and techniques. Beautiful piece.

-- John Little, ToyMakers of East Lake

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#12 posted 02-18-2016 08:20 AM

Pure art work. Very proffesional made chair.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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