Glider Rocker Stool

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Project by JoeinGa posted 01-25-2013 12:07 AM 2622 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My wife has wanted one of these glider rockers for as long as I can remember. About 6 months ago somebody offered me a rocker, but they didnt have the matching stool to go with it. It was her Dad’s and he was a smoker so there was a bunch of burn holes on both sides of the seat cushion. I gladly accepted it with the thought I could perhaps recover the cushion and build a stool. Tried several upholsterers and no one could match the material. So I found a cushion the right size in a solid color that matches the green in the original fabric. Ok, now for the stool… !

There was no way I was gonna be able to match the engineering masterpiece of tubes and yokes under that chair.


So I figured I’d start a mockup and try to figure how to make it rock once I had the basic design figured out.


I realized the side-skirts needed to be longer so I used the Kreg pocket hole for that. Then I cut a nice curve along the bottom edges with my jig saw.


I came up with the idea of simple swinging arms. Took several tries but I figured out a way to use nuts & bolts with washers and spacers and hoped it was gonna rock back and forth on those.



I had to modify the order of bolt, washer, spacers just a bit so it would swing freely, and used stainless hardware that I already had in my nuts/bolts cabinet



It was still a bit wobbilly (side to side) so I knew the base box would need more support. So I boxed it in, glued it and clamped it up to set for a few days.


Took it all apart and sanded everything down to about 220 grit. I couldnt find a good match on the stain, so I started dumping several colors together that I already had. After mixing 4 different colors and wasting about 3 feet of oak trying to find a match, I decided I was as close as I was gonna get.



It was so cold in my shop that I made string “handles” and carried all the pieces into the house so it would dry.

I had some foam padding and cloth left over from a footstool I had made for somebody last year. The cloth is a lighter green than the seat cushion, but it was already here so I didnt have to buy more material. (We arent FANCY enough to have all matching furniture so it doesn’t matter anyway :-)



I got out the sewing machine and with a bit of trial-and-error I made 4 pretty good square corners :-)


All that was left was to bolt the arms on and snug ‘em up so they’d swing free, then make sure it was all square and level


I shot everything with 3 coats of rattle-can MinWax clear poly. It’s all oak except the top (which is covered by the padding and cloth so it will never be seen) I actually have 2 pieces I planed down to about 3/16” and will use them to cover the staples on the sides. It’s been too dang cold this week to go out in the shop so I’ll stain and install those in a few weeks.

All in all, I figure it’s not too bad considering that I didnt spend a DIME on this whole project! Yea for ME!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#2 posted 01-25-2013 01:15 AM

Good job, I have been wanting to try one of those.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 01-25-2013 02:27 AM

We have one of those rocking chair/stool combos in our Sun Room that you could have used for pictures, measurements, etc… Looks like you didn’t need it cuz your’s turned out very well….

Nice job…

-- Carl W Richardson, Tennessee Woodworker

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#4 posted 01-25-2013 05:13 PM

Great job, turned out really great, actually matches the rocker and will last for many years.


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#5 posted 01-25-2013 06:32 PM

Fine job Joe….sure looks a spot-on match. Hey when you make your trek south, make sure to visit the Cleveland store and tell them you know I guy who thinks they are beating the socks off the big blue store up the street. Well at least customer service wise anyhow…lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#6 posted 01-25-2013 07:23 PM

good job

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#7 posted 02-03-2013 05:52 AM

Nicely done.

-- Rick M,

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#8 posted 10-26-2014 03:10 AM

We used to have one of these rocker and stool sets, but it got moved so often that it was starting to fall apart. I ended up giving it to somebody who had tools to try and save it. Hope they did. They are so comfy! You did a really impressive job re-creating the rocking stool, I bet it gets a lot of use.

-- "My plate is full, I can't possibly take on anything more... Oh, look! A project!"

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