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Project by tynewman posted 08-04-2020 03:03 AM 975 views 2 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, after I finished my first rocking chair I asked my wife where she wanted them. Her reply was “put them on the front porch”. To me, that seemed like sacrilege. I had spent months researching, looking at Maloof rockers and other clones. Not to mention the hours of building and endless sanding. So it went in the house, as did the next one I made. Then one day I came across Gary Weeks website and saw that he made one specifically for outdoors. So I said to myself, “challenged accepted!” This is the final result. The wife is very happy.

-- Ty

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#1 posted 08-04-2020 03:35 AM

Beautiful chairs, in a magnificent setting. I think the chairs are saying “thanks for the view.”

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#2 posted 08-04-2020 06:28 AM

Looks like a covered porch, plenty of difference in wear over “outside”

Chair looks great, what did you make them out of?

-- Think safe, be safe

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#3 posted 08-04-2020 10:42 AM


-- Petey

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#4 posted 08-04-2020 10:49 AM

Great job !

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#5 posted 08-04-2020 12:58 PM

I made them out of African mahogany. I finished them with Penofin Deep Penetrating Oil for Hardwood. I made the seat slotted so water would drain and tacked a serpentine belt to the bottom of the runners to protect them from the ground.
We do love the view and the front porch is our favorite spot of the house.
The covered porch does make me feel better about putting them outside

-- Ty

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#6 posted 08-04-2020 01:42 PM

Great job, you build some mighty fine Rockers.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#7 posted 08-04-2020 01:51 PM

beautiful chairs for a porch,i could spend some time sitting out there.

-- 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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#8 posted 08-04-2020 09:33 PM

Does Gary Weeks provide plans, or did you make your own?

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#9 posted 08-04-2020 11:45 PM

Great chairs for a great view. Well done.

-- Dan, Naperville IL, I.G.N.

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#10 posted 08-05-2020 09:57 AM

Beatiful work here, fantastic craftsmanship as well.

-- "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

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#11 posted 08-05-2020 12:22 PM

Gary doesn’t do plans. The only inspiration I took from him was the slotted seat. I have built 5 rocking chairs to date and never bought plans. I looked at lots of pictures online and then drew it out full size on a piece of cardboard and then made my own templates. Each rocking chair has been tweeted a bit since. Laying out the seat is the most important part, after that it’s just time

-- Ty

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#12 posted 08-07-2020 01:14 AM

Very impressive work. It takes a lot of talent to make chairs like that

-- I love the smell of coffee in the morning, and sawdust in the afternoon

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