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#1 posted 08-02-2017 04:06 PM

Steam bending would be best/great, if you have the time and don’t mind the effort. FWIW, the rockers that were made for mine were cut and not bent. They are much thicker because of that methodology. Bent straight grain would be better, if you can find it.

I noticed that one of your rockers appears to have been cut-formed instead of steam-bent. Noticed the de-lamination of the grain on that piece. Replacing them may actually be the better option in that case. The “new” rockers will always look newer, because of how tight newly sawn grain looks when compared to old.

As old as this is, yeah, I’d stop at 120grit and stain. You can always build up the surface with finish, before going with any finer grit.

As far as that “F”, it may be nothing more than to mark the “front” of the piece (thinking production line ID of parts).

More of mine. Your rocker may be a bit older, considering the use of metal parts in mine:

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