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Forum topic by Notgoodyet posted 06-06-2019 06:42 PM 491 views 0 times favorited 11 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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06-06-2019 06:42 PM

I’ve been told my medium thickness Maple in my yard was shaped to be made into a rocking chair. If so anyone know anything about them. Google was useless or know how to make it into chairs. Or the tools I would need for said job.

-- David, middle of illinois


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#1 posted 06-06-2019 06:59 PM

HUH!

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#2 posted 06-06-2019 07:03 PM

Only seen this guy in the UK do it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C-L8Q5UB9c

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#3 posted 06-06-2019 07:10 PM



Only seen this guy in the UK do it.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9C-L8Q5UB9c

- SMP


5-10 years is a little too long for me if i need furniture.pretty cool though.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#4 posted 06-06-2019 07:36 PM


5-10 years is a little too long for me if i need furniture.pretty cool though.

- pottz

In the trees’ defense, i have some half-done projects I started a few years ago…

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#5 posted 06-06-2019 07:44 PM

Silly unless your into Harry Potter and want your house to look like hogwarts.

-- Aj

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#6 posted 06-06-2019 07:49 PM

The tree is over 50 years old and I meant it as they shaped it like a rocking chair so u could cut out about 4 2” thick all the way down the stump

-- David, middle of illinois

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#7 posted 06-06-2019 07:56 PM

Chris Schwarz’s stuff mentions this. Can’t remember where to be exact. He’s super into chairmaking and has found bent limbs, resawed them, and scarf-joined them to create wraparound arms. Check out his blog or contact Lost Art Press – he may be interested in this and could definitely help advise you.

-- I'd rather be a hammer than a nail

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#8 posted 06-06-2019 10:17 PM

-- David, middle of illinois

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#9 posted 06-06-2019 10:34 PM

I seem to remember seeing something similar to the video above in a FWW magazine sometime back in the 80s I think.

I could see where having a bowed trunk like that might allow you to cut the runners so that the grain runs end-to-end without having to steam bend it. Not sure that it was done that way on purpose but I can see where they probably looked for trees like that back in the day just for that purpose.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#10 posted 06-06-2019 10:41 PM

Good picture. Looks like it might work for the rockers.

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#11 posted 06-07-2019 01:19 AM

Roy Underhill did something like that on his show.

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