Adirondack Style Kiaat Porch Rockers

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Project by Art posted 06-12-2018 08:44 AM 1760 views 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first attempt at making a rocking chair. I used kiaat because it weathers and machines very well…....also really like the coloring and grain. I made the chair in the Adirondack design with a curved seat and back. That’s not rocket science but getting the chair to sit properly and rock smoothly took a bit of trial and error. The angle that the back attaches to the seat and the depth of the seat make a big difference in overall seating comfort. Also, the radius of the rockers has to be quite large to enable a smooth rocking motion. As you can see from the one photo, the rockers were made by laminating 6mm pieces together and clamping them to a plywood form to dry overnight.

Overall, I was happy with the result and now my wife and I can do some proper porch sitting. BTW, she got the second one I made… a bit better ;)

-- Arthur T., Pringle Braai Furniture, South Africa, [email protected] A lion leaves its skin when it dies....

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#1 posted 06-12-2018 09:35 AM

Very nice looking chairs. That kiaat you have there is extremely nice, it reminds me of some of the Hickory we have in the states.

I wasn’t familiar with kiaat, so I checked the wood Database and I see we call it Muninga, but it doesn’t have the wild looking color variations like yours does.

Thinking the Wood Database was maybe wrong, I checked the Hobbit House listing and sure enough under kiaat it referred me to Muninga. As you can see it too is fairly pretty but they aren’t showing the wildly varied color yours has, except for one picture down near the turning stock.

What I am getting to, is it appears you got some World Class kiaat to make those lovely chairs with.

Nice job, thanks for posting.

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#2 posted 06-12-2018 01:24 PM

Those are great looking chairs. Well done.

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#3 posted 06-12-2018 03:49 PM

These are very nice rockers. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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