After 8 year break, Rocking Chair #12

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Project by NY_Rocking_Chairs posted 03-18-2018 12:15 PM 1383 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After moving back in 2011, set up the shop in the new house but kids were getting into school, activities, Scouts, etc. Kept projects low key and more for family and friends.

Recently we had to schedule a trip to DC and would be passing by some friends who I owed a chair to (late wedding present), at the same time a former Gallery owner whom I used to work with requested I make her a personal chair.

It’s been about 8 years since my last chair but #12 is done and starting #13 this week.

This one is black walnut through and through.

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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#1 posted 03-18-2018 01:02 PM

Beautiful job. You did justice to that gorgeous walnut.

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#2 posted 03-18-2018 01:33 PM

Wow. Beautiful chair out of some great looking walnut. What a wonderful gift!

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#3 posted 03-18-2018 01:56 PM

Beautiful! Can you tell us (me) how you started out chair making?

-- Just a Duffer

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Don Broussard

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#4 posted 03-18-2018 02:49 PM

Gorgeous rocker! The book matched seat came out spectacular. How is that rocker finished?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#5 posted 03-18-2018 05:20 PM

Well done. Nice to see Hals back braces as he intended them. So many change the design, not realizing there is a method to his madness. Great work.

-- Master designer of precision sawdust and one of a kind slivers.

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 03-18-2018 05:26 PM

Very beautiful work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 03-18-2018 05:37 PM

Beautiful work! I like the way you used book matching throughout the piece, it makes the piece really stand out.

-- John D, OP, KS

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#8 posted 03-18-2018 09:11 PM

A true art form, great job. I would really like to see how you make such a beautiful rocker.

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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#9 posted 03-19-2018 02:07 AM

beautiful rocker. I really like the match on the seat.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 03-19-2018 11:06 AM

Thanks all. Rocker is sanded: 60, 120, 220, 320, 400 and then 500 and 1000 abralon pads. I used to use Deft Danish oil but haven’t been able to find that in recent years so been using Watco Danish Oil.

With the danish oil, I keep it really wet for about 30 minutes, this equates to four heavy coats of the chair (guess it takes me 7-8 minutes per coat). Then wipe off the excess with dry paper towels. Wait a week, then do a wipe on and immediate wipe off with the danish oil, ex: wet the headrest, then dry the headrest, move onto the next piece. Wait 24 hours and do another quick dry-wipe and ready to go.

-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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#11 posted 06-12-2018 02:37 PM

Your choice of black walnut and book matching is fantastic. One of the most beautiful Sam Maloof inspired piece.

-- Don DuSang

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