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09-02-2018 02:51 PM

Topic tags/keywords: rocker question design

After designing the rockers, I am having a difficult time deciding how they should be attached. Also, the radius at the back of the chair creates an awkward looking place that I’m having a hard time figuring out. Any ideas?
The rockers are made from 2” think walnut with a design that we decided we liked.. considering a a brace to connect the rockers at the back where the awkward looking place is at. Feel free to criticize. Improvement is hard to find without criticism.


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#1 posted 09-02-2018 05:48 PM

What comes to mind is a steel hanger bolt. I got this image from Rockler.

Sink the coarse thread in one side and tighten a nut on the other.

First guess would be coarse thread on the rocker and fasten nut under the seat.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 09-03-2018 09:48 AM

I agree with the hanger bolts, but I would like to hear a design idea to improve the looks of the chair where the radius at the back of the chair makes a turn.
Right now, sort of looks goofy or like the rockers were not made for the chair. I’m not sure if maybe adding a piece of walnut connecting the two rockers together or something similar to that may solve it.

Any suggestions?

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#3 posted 09-03-2018 04:15 PM

If I understand the area you are referring to, I think it is the shallow angle on the top side of the rocker that is an opportunity for improvement.

My suggestion would be to create a steeper transition – maybe like this…

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#4 posted 09-03-2018 04:41 PM

That’s the spot, but it’s more like the back of the chair extends further than the rockers. It may work to make the angle steeper and possibly add a piece of walnut from from one side to the other. What do you think?

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#5 posted 09-03-2018 05:03 PM

Make a solid wood bottom (platform) the shape of the chair,
maybe 1” – 1 1/2” thick, maybe a 1/2” bigger all the way around,
then mount your rockers to the platform, screwing through the top
and then mount the whole assembly to the bottom of the chair through the platform into the bottom of the chair.

This would show wood across the back and maybe look better?

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#6 posted 09-03-2018 07:14 PM

Hmmm, one obvious idea would be to make new rockers that are longer, but that seems to be a waste and not a good idea.

jbay’s idea could work – it ends up raising the chair. An addition to that concept would be to take 1-1 1/2 inches off the top of your rockers. That would shift the back angle further back. Maybe still add the curves I drew earlier…

Another twist on jbay’s idea would be to just add small platforms on the top of each rocker and still lower the top of the rockers.

You could also add a piece between the rockers but further back and centered on the rocker profile.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#7 posted 09-23-2018 03:57 PM

That’s what I designed. The input from you guys inspired it. It gives the view of what the solid bottom would have done and sharpens the angle a bit. I would like to hear what you guys think. I just attached that brace with counter sunk screws and I’ve got to cut some plugs to put in them.

Any advice on what kind of plug cutter to buy and from where? It’s for 3/8 inch plugs.

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#8 posted 09-23-2018 04:02 PM

Tried the hanger bolts. Was very difficult to get nuts on them. I ended up making a frame with 2×2 walnut and screwing the frame to chair. I forgot to get a pic of the framework, but there are three more chairs to finish so I’ll have pics of framework coming.

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#9 posted 09-24-2018 04:50 AM

One that cuts tapered plugs gives you a good tight fit. Can’t recommend any particular brand. I cut a mess of them with the drill press, then pry them out with a screwdriver. Or, you can run the board through your table saw, which gives a good clean bottom to the plugs, but they are likely to go shooting all over the place as the blade slices them off. Make extras. Of course, you aren’t going to need a lot, I guess.

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