one rocking monkey

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Project by MattObjects posted 12-19-2011 03:07 PM 2701 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Here’s a rocking chair I made for my nephew for Christmas. The idea was from a set of plans sold by Rockler for a puppy or kitten rocking chair. My nephew’s nursery has a jungle theme so I thought a monkey would be more appropriate. For some reason, the idea of the seat and rockers being the same color as the monkey kind of creeped me out (like it was a lab engineed chair-monkey hybrid? I don’t know—too much sci fi before bed, I guess) so I dyed the rockers black and dyed the seatback green. The intention was for the seat back to look like jungle leaves. The chair is made out of red oak. While that would not be my choice of wood for an adult rocking chair, I think it works here.

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#1 posted 12-19-2011 04:49 PM

Love it! I have both a great nephew and a great niece I want to make something for and I think you’re on to an outstanding idea! It’s both useful and fun and requires no batteries, makes no noise and does not add to household clutter (three criteria for any gift I give a child). Thanks for posting!

-- Bob, Atlanta

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#2 posted 12-19-2011 04:51 PM

Most excellent!!!!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#3 posted 12-19-2011 06:06 PM

Cool project! How did you create the contrast between the monkey’s face and body?

-- Tom

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#4 posted 12-19-2011 06:08 PM

That is a great project.

-- It's all fun, Terry******N. Idaho

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#5 posted 12-20-2011 12:00 AM

A monkey chair. I like it. How about one for out side hanging on a rope vine. Freak the neighbors out.


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#6 posted 12-20-2011 01:25 AM

Now you can tell the kids instead of go jump in a lake to go monkey around. Got to show this to my cuz YO

-- another tip from cooperedpatterns

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#7 posted 12-24-2011 04:38 AM

Thanks for the comments.

As has been pointed out to me, the design is based on a pattern sold by Grizzly, not Rockler. I guess I forgot which site I saw the pattern on. Many thanks to those who messaged me with the correction.

The contrast between the monkey’s face and body was made by running a small cove router bit over the line drawn between the face and body to create a channel and then (carefully) staining the two sections, starting with the face. I started using a detail brush to apply the stain but finished using a cloth when I realized that the stain wasn’t even trying to bleed across the channel.

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