My Great Grandmother's Folding Rocking Chair

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Project by KenMenard posted 08-03-2011 12:34 AM 4827 views 5 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This rocker was my Great Grandmother’s folding rocking chair. She would rock my grandmother in this rocker. My mother was going to get rid of it if nobody wanted it…so I took it and refurnished. It had 7 layers of paint everywhere when I started the project.

I removed the asbestos tile that was on the chair (used as a seat) and put back the type of wicker seat it probably had on it at one time.

Many of you have been asking to see a photo of it folded up, so I have tried to get a photo that would do it justice. It is kind of hard to fold it up partially and take a photo at the same time. I finally laid it down on it’s side on the floor to capture how it folds up. I hope it helps.

You lift on the seat and the back support of the rocker folds down onto the rocking rails…then the back folds down on the rocking rails too. (As seen in the picture next to my piano).

-- Ken Menard, Charlotte, NC,

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Tim Kindrick

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#1 posted 08-03-2011 12:41 AM

Fantasic job Ken!!! I wish more people would take the time to refinish old furniture like you did OR send them to me and I’ll do it!!!!!

-- I have metal in my neck but wood in my blood!!

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Jim Bertelson

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#2 posted 08-03-2011 01:56 AM

I have never seen anything like that before. Don’t know how it sits and whether it rocks well, but it looks great. Wonderful restoration.

-- Jim, Anchorage Alaska

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#3 posted 08-03-2011 01:59 AM

Yes great job looks real nice glad that it did not end up in the landfill would of really been bad to see history like that just be tossed away.Glad you took the time to make it as good as new

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#4 posted 08-03-2011 04:40 PM

Great nice looking rocker, would be light enough to be easy to move to wherever it was needed. Could you
give us a picture of it folded, just can not seem to picture how it does that. Thank you for sharing.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#5 posted 08-03-2011 06:36 PM

I have updated the pictures to try and capture how the rocker folds up. Not an easy task while taking a photo…but I hope I accomplished answering the questions.

-- Ken Menard, Charlotte, NC,

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#6 posted 08-03-2011 06:44 PM

Ken a wonderfull job and a great save !

-- Glen, B.C. Canada

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