Old Rocking Chair

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Project by Stanley Coker posted 08-21-2011 02:58 PM 1766 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It has been a good while that I have posted anything. Here is an old,old rocking chair that a lady at tha place that I work ask if I could do anything with it. I told her that I would have a try, but when she brought it to I thought, Oh boy, I just don’t know. I did not say anything but that I would try. I don’t know how old it is but the internal frame is attached with old cut-nails, and the padding was straw. I had to make a piece or two that was missing. It had one of the most unusual rocking mechanisms that I have ever seen. It had been out on her brothers back porch in the weather for some time. She told me that it was her Grandmothers rocker. Here are some before and after pictures. She said that she would get someone to do the upholstering. She seemed to be very pleased with the results.

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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Gene Howe

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#1 posted 08-21-2011 03:19 PM

Very nice job.
That chair deserves something other than the upholstery shown. Glad she’s having done.
Have you run across this type of rocking mechanism before? Not being a furniture guy, I’m still intrigued.
Once again, Really nice work. Your customer has every right to be pleased!

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#2 posted 08-21-2011 04:13 PM

In the future, PLEASE take the small time it takes to rotate your pictures so the viewer can get a better sight.

To tell the truth, I normally will bypass any project that contains pictures on their sides.

Your project deserves the best – displaying pictures like this doesn’t say that.

I hope this falls under “constructive criticism”.

I will be happy to email you instructions on how to rotate your pictures before uploading.


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#3 posted 08-21-2011 04:47 PM

good job

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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Jeffrey Williams

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#4 posted 08-21-2011 05:03 PM

I echo KnotCurser.

Take the time to preview your posting; rotate your pictures and check your spelling.
Take the time to include the design, the process, the wood and the finish.
You don’t need to be a technical writer to share and educate us. We love anything wood.

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#5 posted 08-21-2011 08:10 PM

nice work on the rocker.

I have a similar spring-type rocker that is on my list to rebuild. I’m not sure if I can salvage the seat or framing, but the main thing for mine is the rocker mechanism. I don’t know about this one, but the spring-type I have is one of the most comfortable, smooth rocking chair that I’ve had the pleasure of sitting in.

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