Rocking Chair

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Project by DakotaHeirlooms posted 06-19-2018 07:06 PM 1266 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I offered to build a wedding gift (something of the couple’s choice) ) for the son of family friends. They asked if I did Rocking Chairs? Not yet, I said. I looked online for plans, and didn’t like what I could find. Almost all of the furniture I build are my own plans, and (to me, at least) are simple construction. Most of what I found seemed overly complicated, so I came up with my own plans. The photos shown above are my way of documenting my projects in the likely event I build another one, or a fellow woodworker wants the plans. The rockers were the big challenge, and I solved that problem by using an old rocking chair we had to build a template. The local lumber yard didn’t have any 6/4 oak, so I glued pieces of 3/4’ Oak together for the rockers and legs, then transferred the template marking: I rough cut the rockers, used double side carpet tape to “glue” the rough cut rockers together, used my band saw to cut the rockers out, then used a spindle sander to smooth the “inside” of the rockers, then the Shopsmith disk sander to sand the outside (bottom) of the rockers, then a putty knife to pry the two rockers apart: I used the same process for the legs. The result was identical rockers and legs. The Foam and Fabric came from our local Hobby Lobby store. The Cutting List and photos will be enough information for me to build the next one.

-- Harry Sorenson Dakota Heirlooms

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#1 posted 06-19-2018 07:40 PM

Nice work sir

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 06-19-2018 08:03 PM

Nice Rocker you built, Congrats.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#3 posted 06-20-2018 02:15 AM

Nice looking rocker.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#4 posted 06-20-2018 03:34 PM

This is a very nice rocking chair and the design, wood used, and craftsmanship make it an outstanding piece. Congratulations.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 06-20-2018 10:07 PM

nice chair!

-- Making scrap with zen-like precision - Woodbutchery

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#6 posted 06-29-2018 09:20 PM

As I explained in the Project Description, I couldn’t find plans that I like online, so I more or less did it my way. Then a few days ago, long after I had completed my Rocking Chair, I received an E-Mail ad from WoodSmiths Magazine with an offer to buy some plans:

Look familiar ? The big difference is in the rockers . . . Also, their Parts Breakdown shows that the plans call for Mortises and tenons, where my plans used Blind Dowels – In my mind, dowels are almost if not just as strong and considerably easier . . . .

-- Harry Sorenson Dakota Heirlooms

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