Arts & Crafts Rocking Chair

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Project by john81 posted 04-28-2011 05:35 PM 3599 views 16 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the second of 2 rockers I made in the Spring of 2010. The first chair was made for my Brother-in-Law and his new wife for a wedding gift. I made the second while I was at it for our home. Both were made from QS Red Oak and the seat is black faux leather. It was a lot of work but really was a great build and I was able to get a great introduction to my new mortising machine. I will be starting a new dining room set this year and plan to use this chair design as I create my dining chairs.

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#1 posted 04-28-2011 05:45 PM

Real nice work John, That QS oak looks great.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#2 posted 04-28-2011 07:28 PM

Very nice. Good craftsmanship and I agree with tinnman about the oak.

-- Glen

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#3 posted 04-28-2011 07:36 PM

A project well done.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#4 posted 04-28-2011 07:46 PM

Welcome to Ljs
Very nice looking Chair John good job.

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#5 posted 04-28-2011 08:51 PM

Sorry double post

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#6 posted 04-29-2011 04:24 AM

Great project

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#7 posted 04-29-2011 06:19 AM

Great Project! Loving the Oak.

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#8 posted 04-29-2011 07:43 AM

Very nice! Please share your finish recipe.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#9 posted 04-30-2011 03:49 AM

Nice job John. Where did you get the plans?

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#10 posted 04-30-2011 04:39 AM

Welcome to Lumber Jocks. Nice rocker; I really like the A&C style.

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#11 posted 05-01-2011 03:03 AM

Beautiful wood selection. Im with the Captain, what did you finish it with.

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

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#12 posted 08-16-2011 10:39 PM

That is a beautiful piece of work. I am working on one like this built out of oak.Have you got any tips for cutting the mortises on the legs? I am having trouble with laying out the 86 degree angle.

-- farmertech

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#13 posted 08-16-2011 10:52 PM

Very nice. Does the back lean a little bit, or is it 90 degrees to the seat? I like the way the QS oak looks, too.

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#14 posted 01-17-2012 05:27 PM

This is a sweet rocking chair. Is this design from the Wood Magazine Arts and Crafts Furniture?

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#15 posted 01-17-2012 07:00 PM

Brandon, It is the WOOD Mag design. I made it almost completely to spec. right down to the dye and gel stain finish process topped of with aerosol shellac and a paste waxing. It is a very comfortable chair and is one that draws people to it in our house. And I’m surprised how often repeat visitors seem to gravitate to it over our other seating in the LRoom ;-). It’s quietly satisfying to know that it is admired by others who visit.

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