Craftsman Style Rocking Chair

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Project by Alongiron posted 10-07-2011 03:03 PM 3707 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first attempt at making a rocking chair. I followed a plan that I got from Wood magazines downloadable plans off the internet. It went really good and the chair looks great. The rockers are made from 4 pieces of 1/4 thick oak and the plans shows you exactly how to make the mold..could not have been any easier! I made it from QSWO that I purchased rough from a local saw mill. I used 5 1×8 96” long to complete this chair. I am able to purchase this rough lumber for only $2 a lineal foot so I have less than a $100 into this chair. This was my first time doing upholstry (sp?) work as well but it turned out real nice. I did use a dark oil finish….3 coats of shellac…followed by 2 coats of paste wax. I am going to make another one as a gift for my neighbor to celebrate their first child! Try this one.. you will really enjoy building it!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#1 posted 10-07-2011 03:08 PM

I like it. :-)

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#2 posted 10-07-2011 03:10 PM

Beautiful, well done.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#3 posted 10-07-2011 09:13 PM

Great chair! I have it on my list to make one of these and I really like the design you’ve chosen to follow. The wood selection is excellent as well and I’m quite jealous that you’re getting QSWO for $2 a foot.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#4 posted 10-07-2011 11:51 PM

I especially like the corbels and through tenons. Those are the details that make craftsman furniture great. You will never look at store bought furniture in the same light. I always roll my eyes when I see fake through tenons doweled into furniture, yet you can clearly see a gap. You got the details right.
I also buy rough sawn QSWO. I like to buy it either kiln dried or well air-dried. Last month I picked up 200-300 b.f. of QSWO air dried X 7 years for 1.50/b.f. I have more oak in my shop than crosscut hardwoods.
At that rate we can actually afford to build some furniture.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#5 posted 10-08-2011 12:37 AM

Very well done! I built this same EXACT chair (probably from the same plans) about 10 years ago. It was my first “real” project and fueled my passion for woodworking. I made it for my infant son and we put it in the nursery to rock him back to sleep. I engraved his name and birthday on the back stretcher, as it will be his heirloom piece to keep with him. Hopefully, it won’t turn into his college drinking chair. The plan was VERY detailed and easy to follow. I was SHOCKED as to how well it turned out, especially for a beginner like I was. Seeing your chair brings back a LOT of memories. Thanks for posting. Oh, and btw, my chair slides all over carpet. I fixed this by attaching small srtips of thin rubber to the under sides of the rockers. Not the whole length, just about a 10” strip, 5” front and back from the center point so it stays mostly hidden from view. But at least you won’t be scooting all over the room! Very well done on your chair!

-- "It's not a mistake. It's a design feature."

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#6 posted 10-08-2011 03:20 AM

Very nice rocker. Well done!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#7 posted 10-08-2011 08:43 AM

I like it very much !

-- Maraziukas, Lithuania,

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#8 posted 10-09-2011 02:20 AM

very nice

-- Emmett, from Georgia

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#9 posted 10-09-2011 12:58 PM

Very nice indeed. That’s one lucky neighbor.

-- If You Haven't Got the Time to Do It Right, When Will You Find the Time to Do It Over?

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#10 posted 10-09-2011 08:34 PM

Now that you have mastered the rocking chair building, what is your next project on the wives list.
Maybe a spindle turned chair ? NICE WORK.

-- Furniture By Douglas, Comstock Park, MI

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#11 posted 10-13-2011 01:45 PM

Hey, I recognize that rocker! I have built one like this and posted on LJ, too. I congratulate you on a fine build, here. I think that once you have build this, it proves you have mastered multiple tools and techniques—I say you are ready for anything seeing how well this came out. So, if you can do dovetails you are the complete woodworker!! Again, great build.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#12 posted 12-08-2011 06:19 AM

Beautiful rocker.

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