Childs Rocking Chair

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Project by fivecodys posted 01-31-2014 10:09 AM 1906 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Red Oak rocking chair that I made for my Granddaughter a couple of years ago.
Scalloping out the seat was quite a challenge.
I tried using a chisel but eventually used a router and then a belt sander to blend it all together.
I experimented with a blend of different stains to get the color I was trying to match.

Thanks for looking.


-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#1 posted 01-31-2014 07:11 PM

I’ve done several of these rocking chairs and I’ve found that few projects are more popular than this. I went through the same as you with the seat. Now, I have a jig I built and use my router to dish that seat out. It works well. your chair looks great and no doubt, your little grandaughter will enjoy it, then someday she’ll think up other projects for her favorite woodworker to build. Good project. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#2 posted 02-04-2014 05:04 PM

That’s one beautiful rocking chair. Looks sturdy and like the design especially the scalloped seat and arm rest. I’m sure she enjoys using it. Great job Grand Pa!

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Bill Duane Brooks

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#3 posted 08-20-2014 06:51 PM

What are the dimensions of the chair? It is very nice.

-- duane

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#4 posted 08-20-2014 08:00 PM

Hi Duane,
I got the plans from WOOD, I think. Or maybe it was Woodcraft…anyway.
It’s 25 inches tall at the back, and the rockers are 21 inches long. The seat is 15 inches wide and sits 11 inches off the floor. –
My Granddaughter is 5 and it fist her nicely.

Thanks for looking.

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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#5 posted 12-16-2014 03:21 AM

Bill: nice job on the children’s rocker. The joinery on the apron between the front and back legs looks interesting and seems strong and tight. I’m guessing mortise and tenons . I noticed a nice toy crane in your profile photo. I hope you plan to post that project sometime. Thanks for sharing this!

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