LumberJocks

Arts & Crafts Rocking Chair from Fine Woodworking

  • Advertise with us
Project by Woodwrecker posted 01-25-2019 04:04 AM 1023 views 3 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I saw a nice Rocking Chair that Mike Pekovich from Fine Woodworking presented in the last issue and having never made one, I thought I’d give it a shot.
Lots & Lots of curved and angled joinery and more mortise and tenon work then I’ve done in a long while.
And not having a machine for that made for lots & lots of drilling and chisel work…lol
He made his out of oak and I made mine from cherry.
I took my time and it turned out to be a really fun build. There are bending jigs you have to make for the rockers, and there is a whole class on upholstery for the cushion.
(I used a couple of patio chair cushions after I regained consciousness from looking at what a thick leather cushion would cost to make…holy smokes…lol)
I followed the instructions as best I could and only deviated when his plan called for use of tools or materials I don’t have.
All in all it was a lot of work, but I have to admit that it sits super comfortably, and is a pleasure to sit in.
Well balanced and keeps rocking after you stop pushing for a long time.
I finished it in liberal amounts of linseed oil and then I let it sit in our Florida sunshine for a couple of days and boy o boy did that ever turn it a beautiful brownish amber which everyone here likes. Cherry is really cool that way.
I’ve included a bunch of process shots below in no particular order.
Thank you for looking at it.
And have a great day.

Then, the neighborhood gang showed up to see what was going on. A tough bunch but if you have a couple of bugs laying around to pay them off, they leave you alone…lol

If I ever start making more chairs, I’m going to invest in a nice mortise and tenon machine.

Gave my scrappers a good sharpening and that cherry turned out smooth as a baby’s butt.

The bending form for the rockers took a day to make out of MDF and some scrap cherry for the base.
(currently on Craigslist because it’s too nice to throw out and I don’t have room for all the jigs I have now!)..lol


Then my grandson hung out with me for a while and to do some laps around the driveway.


This chair took a pretty good chunk of my cherry.
I’m going to have to make a run to the lumber yard when management isn’t looking.

Enough pictures. You get the idea.
Thanks again and have a great day.
Eric





19 comments so far

View anthm27's profile

anthm27

676 posts in 1436 days


#1 posted 01-25-2019 04:21 AM

Thats a great Build,
Superb looking chair and so well done. Im sure that will rock on for a long time to come.
Love the bird life too.
Regards
Anthony

View  woodshaver Tony C   's profile

woodshaver Tony C

6384 posts in 3679 days


#2 posted 01-25-2019 04:34 AM

Nice looking rocking chair Woodwrecker! It look solid and should last a life time! Nice display of photo to see also. We get those Sandhill Cranes here sometime and they make some really loud clucking sounds; reminds me of the movie Jurassic Park!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

View pintodeluxe's profile

pintodeluxe

5896 posts in 3139 days


#3 posted 01-25-2019 04:36 AM

Nice build, well done. I’ll bet it’s comfortable.
Keep up the good work.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

View hoss12992's profile

hoss12992

4129 posts in 2219 days


#4 posted 01-25-2019 11:46 AM

That looks very comfortable with outstanding craftsmanship. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

View Oldtool's profile

Oldtool

2761 posts in 2517 days


#5 posted 01-25-2019 12:24 PM

Super build Eric, this rocker looks very nice, great work. I like the use of cherry, beautiful wood, ages to a fantastic patina.
Good set of progress photos, helps to see all you did to accomplish this project. I was looking for a picture of your steaming setup to see how you contained the wood and steam together. Did you use pvc pipe?, or maybe a plastic bag? Steaming is something I’ve yet to try and I am curious how you achieved this.
Thanks for posting.

-- "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

View EarlS's profile

EarlS

2648 posts in 2674 days


#6 posted 01-25-2019 01:08 PM

Good looking rocker. Another build on my to-do list. I’m a big fan of A&C furniture and cherry.

I liked the pictures in the post too, especially the avian gang coming around to shake you down. Here in IA that happens with turkeys and Canada geese.

-- Earl "I'm a pessamist - generally that increases the chance that things will turn out better than expected"

View Bricofleur's profile

Bricofleur

1461 posts in 3519 days


#7 posted 01-25-2019 01:47 PM

Great build Eric, and a good looking chair. Once again, I’m very proud of you. You’re a very talented and patient woodworker my friend. Your project is very inspiring.

Best,
Serge

-- Learn from yesterday, work today and enjoy success tomorrow. -- http://atelierdubricoleur.wordpress.com

View tyvekboy's profile

tyvekboy

1875 posts in 3339 days


#8 posted 01-25-2019 02:15 PM

Great project. After having built a rocking chair myself, I can appreciate the work and patience required. Would be nice to have a picture of you sitting in it with a cold one.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

View swirt's profile

swirt

3782 posts in 3298 days


#9 posted 01-25-2019 02:28 PM

Awesome looking chair Woodwrecker. Thanks for including all the great build photos.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

View PPK's profile

PPK

1347 posts in 1135 days


#10 posted 01-25-2019 03:38 PM

Awesome! I liked reading the story about the build. The flock of (cranes?) was funny. My inlaws used to get a flock of turkeys strolling thru their town neighborhood. Great work on the rocker.

-- Pete

View bondogaposis's profile

bondogaposis

5323 posts in 2677 days


#11 posted 01-25-2019 04:06 PM

Very nice, I love those A&C rockers. Excellent craftsmanship.

-- Bondo Gaposis

View Woodbie's profile

Woodbie

31 posts in 379 days


#12 posted 01-25-2019 06:58 PM

Awesome work, very good design. Thank you for this helpful blog. Its a very good idea and nice directions how to make it.

-- WoodWork ideas for you https://www.digitalideas.site/

View luv2learn's profile

luv2learn

2924 posts in 2629 days


#13 posted 01-25-2019 07:25 PM

Very nice craftsmanship.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

View avsmusic1's profile

avsmusic1

374 posts in 1011 days


#14 posted 01-25-2019 08:44 PM

Very nice!
I’m thinking of taking a class and building one of these in the summer

View a1Jim's profile

a1Jim

117592 posts in 3903 days


#15 posted 01-26-2019 12:48 AM

Super build,nice work.

showing 1 through 15 of 19 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com