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Forum topic by Ken62A posted 08-19-2019 01:08 PM 239 views 0 times favorited 5 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Ken62A

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08-19-2019 01:08 PM

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Hi everyone I’m new to the forum. I’ve been semi retired for the last few years, doing some contract work and volunteer work in the winters. Starting next month I’m retired from the work force for good.

We finally got a grandchild this past summer and I thought I would take a shot at making him a rocker. He is far too young at this stage for one but I thought I would get started on something to revive some of the limited skills I once had.

I don’t have a shop but I never gave up my tools or my fathers that he left me. His are probably unsafe antiques at this stage. My only wood working experience was in light construction, framing, deck building, designed and built a pretty large fort and swing set up for the kids when they were little, repairs to the house and some basement shelving, that sort of thing. I have a lot to learn.

One of the members on this forum made a P-40 Warhawk that looks great. Do members share or sell their plans on the site?

Thanks
Ken


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#1 posted 08-19-2019 04:13 PM

Most don’t have a problem with sharing plans etc., or will let you know where they got them. A lot of the projects on here are from the internet, ( YouTube, etc. ). A lot of my projects are pretty much copied from this site one way or the other. It IS nice to thank the original for their ideas if you can. You can contact individual LJs through this site also from a couple of places. Welcome to LJs. Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#2 posted 08-20-2019 01:17 PM

Don’t discount your father’s tools. Some of that old iron is better than new. I’m still using tools I got from my grandfather and I’m nearly retired.

A rocker is a fairly ambitious project to start with. Shape of the rockers and dynamics of the chair are tricky to get right and have a safe chair. I wouldn’t try without a good set of plans. Practice on a small toy box or a step stool to get your skills back. Grandkids love little toys. Carve or burn their names into the projects and it makes it even more special. As they grow, they love treasure boxes for keeping their little treasures.

As mentioned above, surf the projects section for ideas and inspirations. There a lot of truly skilled people on this site who are willing to help and share.

-- Sawdust Maker

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#3 posted 08-20-2019 02:11 PM

yeah ive been a woodworker for most of my 59 years and i just did my first rocker last year,very challenging.i would definitely get some plans with full size templates,and plan on spending a big chunk of time doing it.the maloof rocker i made took well over 150 hours.it was a fun and very educational project.good luck.

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

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Ken62A

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#4 posted 08-21-2019 09:59 PM

Thanks everyone. I would not attempt anything without a full set of plans. I recognize the center of gravity issue with these rockers and was concerned about that. The one below would also be a good one for a back yard swing with stubbier wings . Funny you should mention treasure chests as I was thinking about that as well.

The kid is only 4 months old and I can’t get enough of him. I have all these things to do going through my head. I’m surprised at how much the little guy has impacted me. Maybe it’s making up for what I missed, now having the time and better resources to enjoy kids. When I was young I worked long hours and had to travel. So much so that my stay at home wife’s friends joked she was in the witness protection program as this mythical husband was never to be seen.

I’m going to look at some tool maintenance threads if we have them here for cleaning and lubrication of these old tools if they can be used. If not I’ll keep them for the memories.

The guy who made this one has not been on in 18 months . Like a lot of hobby forums I suppose people come and go .

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#5 posted 08-21-2019 10:12 PM



Thanks everyone. I would not attempt anything without a full set of plans. I recognize the center of gravity issue with these rockers and was concerned about that. The one below would also be a good one for a back yard swing with stubbier wings . Funny you should mention treasure chests as I was thinking about that as well. The kid is only 4 months old and I can t get enough of him. I have all these things to do going through my head. I m surprised at how much the little guy has impacted me. Maybe it s making up for what I missed, now having the time and better resources to enjoy kids. When I was young I worked long hours and had to travel. So much so that my stay at home wife s friends joked she was in the witness protection program as this mythical husband was never to be seen.

I m going to look at some tool maintenance threads if we have them here for cleaning and lubrication of these old tools if they can be used. If not I ll keep them for the memories.

The guy who made this one has not been on in 18 months . Like a lot of hobby forums I suppose people come and go .

- Ken62A


now this is a little bit diferent from the rocker i made but pretty damn cool.thats gonna make some memories for you and the grand kid that will have fun using it.

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

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