Garden rocker

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Project by bkap posted 04-12-2012 03:35 PM 2340 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been asked to feature my ‘Garden Rocker’ in one of my projects. The pictured rocker was a project for a new addition (garden room) the house of one of my clients.

This rocker is made with Argentine Mesquite in a standard balance position. I used five Backslats to show and give a more airy feeling then carved the slats with a bit of leaf contour. The back legs are canted outward a degree more than usual to add to the open appearance and style. The natural edge of the Headrest was also done with the garden theme in mind.
The seat has the contoured bottom and the front legs are my ‘ranch’ style.

I thought some of you woodworker might be interested in the transition from the back leg to arm. It can be a little distracting if one is not familiar with making rocking chairs. Note the curve at the joint area. This curve is useful to make the modification for wood thickness of the leg to arm. A sweeping curve of about a nine inch radius is pleasing, but can be adjusted depending on your design. I use Kutzall burs to waste most of the unnecessary wood then use a orbital sander, with varying grade pads, to finish.

I have found the Kutzall burs to be effective in a lot of my waste wood removal where I can’t use a band-saw or etc. Not that I am promoting the product, but giving credit where it is due.

I am still giving the FREE text material on how to build a Maloof style rocking chair. Go to my web site at and follow instructions for same.

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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#1 posted 04-12-2012 03:36 PM

Fantastic chair ,great job


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#2 posted 04-12-2012 04:20 PM

Great chair ! I see from one photo you use a sanding attachment on a drill for finer shaping.
What do you use for the roughing out ? Some kind of power carving attachment for the angle grinder or just bandsaw then coarse grit sanding ? Perhaps hand tools ?
I’m realy interested to know the method.

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#3 posted 04-12-2012 07:04 PM

Thanks for looking.

I use the Kutzall donut wheel on an angle grinder to waste most of the material, such as grinding off the clamping flats on the back legs as well as shaping the leg to arm before the pictured tool.

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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#4 posted 04-14-2012 09:00 PM

Your chairs are just stunning!

-- Nicky

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#5 posted 04-14-2012 09:06 PM


-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#6 posted 04-14-2012 11:10 PM

What a lovely piece of furniture

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#7 posted 04-16-2012 02:50 AM

Man, I’m glad I clicked on this and read what it was for. I was thinking, “What the hell is he doing, putting that thing in a garden? It belongs in a museum.”
Waaaaay beyond me.

Have a good’un


-- rejo55, East Texas

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#8 posted 04-17-2012 06:09 PM

Thanks to all for the kind comments.

Joe, you know this rocker is in almost a museum because the owner has a beautiful home in Beverly Hills with three of my rockers and one of my clocks.

Hey woodworkers if you want to learn how to make this style rocker get my free text by going to my web site at and request same.

I don’t know how much longer I will be able to make these rockers. It has been fun and very satisfying I do recommend the project to any woodworker. Your families will enjoy your efforts for generations to come.

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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