1850s rocking chair

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Project by eddie posted 10-26-2016 04:58 AM 3363 views 4 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In the 1850s, when a rocking chair was a standard possession of North American settlers, the Collignon brothers of New Jersey invented a line of folding rocking chairs that could be more easily transported in a covered wagon, the plans are from Lee Valley Tools .com . a few weeks back a man called and wanted one of these made from cypress .i told him that i wasnt sure it would be strong enough unless i found some heart wood of cypress .he said he was from Louisiana and wanted it because of it being the state tree , went looking and found this black walnut that was harvested out of a local swamp many years ago and the owner there i had made some pices for before gave me a good deal on it .it had some beautiful gran in it ,so i went with it and think now that this is some of the better hard woods to work with , on these back rest it is faster to cut two or three out at a time of the lamanated boards to save time ,during this one of the back rest that was in the middle had cracks that i didnt see , managed to save it with some bow tie or butterflies as some call them , i used a Rockler bow tie kit with templets for the butter flies, thanks for looking there is some dust on it from me folding it up ,he was well pleased with the walnut and i felt better knowing it would proable hold up better . the finish is to 220 grit and a few coats of Danish oil .

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#1 posted 10-26-2016 05:08 AM

Very nicely done! And, use of the butterflies is a great save. Your kit really turned them out nicely.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#2 posted 10-26-2016 05:33 AM

thanks Russell

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#3 posted 10-26-2016 11:00 AM

Very impressive

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#4 posted 10-26-2016 11:52 AM

Very nice work on this rocker, looks great. The butterflies look very nice, add to the beauty of the project.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#5 posted 10-26-2016 11:53 AM

Well done my friend! You’ve really mastered the folding chair builds…....hope you got some more of that walnut!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#6 posted 10-26-2016 12:35 PM

Nice job Eddie. I really like this and everything is better with walnut.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#7 posted 10-26-2016 12:58 PM

thanks redoak49 like that handle red oak

thankd ole tool

thaks Jeff ,i did save some of it , and a lot of the cut off i think i can use latter down the road , have made several of these and to be honest am ready to build other things but then there that money thing :)

thank Bill walnut is one of my favorite wood to work with

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#8 posted 10-26-2016 01:18 PM

Nice rocker Eddie. Looks very comfortable

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#9 posted 10-26-2016 01:24 PM

thanks JoeinGa , they are comforable , would really like to scoop the seat one day on one

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#10 posted 10-26-2016 03:24 PM

Nice job, I like the covered wagon story!

-- Dale, Illinois,

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#11 posted 10-26-2016 03:54 PM

thanks Dale , with the plans they gave this information on how it became popular in the 1800s

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#12 posted 10-26-2016 04:02 PM

nice work

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#13 posted 10-26-2016 05:22 PM

Awesome job sir

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#14 posted 10-26-2016 05:57 PM

It’s a very impressive chair and you have done a beautiful job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#15 posted 10-26-2016 06:10 PM

thank you David38

thanks you Monte

Thanks Charles

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