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Project by FestusHaagen posted 07-21-2020 08:37 PM 533 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have never made a chair before. When a friend ask if I would make a rocking chair for her daughter, I couldn’t turn down the challenge. She said she would pay to have them covered if I wanted one for myself. She had an old rocker her mom rocked her in as a child. Since her daughter was expecting she wanted her granddaughter to have the same experience. The chair is pretty simple until you start making all the mortice joints at odd angels. It did come together with a few extra clamps. I had some extra deer hide laying around so I decided on that for the seat. She had it done by an upholstery guy and it turned out real nice. Very comfortable to set in. My only concern with the project, and maybe someone can explain this is, when you rock, you gradually inch to the left. If I did that on the front porch, I would eventually end up in the rose bush.

-- Ed Haagen, Moscow, Idaho

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#1 posted 07-21-2020 10:09 PM

You’re way gamer than I to build a rocking chair sir.
A very neat chair Ed.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#2 posted 07-21-2020 11:27 PM

very nice work ed im sure she’s very happy with it.not sure about the crawl though ?

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 07-22-2020 02:09 AM

That is a nice looking chair. I bet it will be cherished for many years. Great Job.

-- Eric, building the dream

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#4 posted 07-22-2020 04:05 AM

Very well done! Is this design from “Woodsmith”? Have been loking at that one

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#5 posted 07-22-2020 05:22 AM

I used my friends old rocker as a pattern and I would guess it was made long before Woodsmith came along. I think this is what they call “Mission” style and that dates back to early American of before that.

-- Ed Haagen, Moscow, Idaho

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#6 posted 07-22-2020 04:00 PM

Lead with your left foot, you’ll stay on the porch longer that way. Using My right makes me move left, and visa versa.

I think it’s the rake of the back legs, and those compounded angles are what keep most from fooling with chairs. Beyond that it just playing with sticks, and one flat board wide enough to sit on. At least it is broken down into the tiny measure.

End of the day, if it’s comfy to sit in, and you don’t end up sitting on a pile of kindling, it’s a chair. That Deer butt looks soft.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#7 posted 07-23-2020 03:32 AM

Good job rising to the challenge. They came out great.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#8 posted 07-23-2020 02:43 PM

That’s a really great looking rocker.

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#9 posted 07-23-2020 10:04 PM

Take a look at this
Might help with you chair “walking” sideways

-- Ty

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#10 posted 07-23-2020 10:27 PM

Ty, thanks for the link. I read the tips but nothing jumps out at me. The rocker is new, and the rockers were made from laminated strips glued over the same jig. The only thing I could think of is maybe one rocker is slightly twisted. They are flat on the bottom but if I were to sand a slight curve, or crown, into the bottom, it might stop. Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

-- Ed Haagen, Moscow, Idaho

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