So here’s proof – that I’m still around. I’ve taken a long break from the net as I found I wasn’t getting anything done!
I thought I’d just pop on and show you the progress on my rocker. Obviously from the pictures the main assembly is done. I have to do the plugs and final sanding. For those who have done this chair – you’ll notice I used 11 seat slats instead of 10. I did not like the spacing for 10 slats so I changed the spacing and added one slat. I think it looks better.
This is my first rocker – but I’m pretty sure it won’t be my last. I learned a lot doing this – mostly that I really don’t know how to do much other than the square stuff. Need to work on that for sure. I’ve got some gaps and some “goofs” that need to be fixed somehow or another. (The most obvious goof in one to many holes in the leg—- got a little drill press happy – but I figure I’ll plug that hole and top it off with a 2009 nickle – that way it will look like I meant to do that. You’ll keep my secret – right?)
I honestly don’t like the way the chair sits – it’s way too straight for me. The seat itself is very comfortable – but the back is not. I think my next rocker will definitely have a curved back.
I actually kind of surprised myself that I got the rockers to rock just right. I have some major gaps in the areas where the legs and rockers come together.
Overall I think I did OK on this chair. I can probably pick it apart to the point of making myself want to throw it on the log pile, but I’m not going to. I really am proud of myself for getting it made and it rocks—- and that’s what its supposed to do!
With no more delay—- here’s my chair
Now my questions——my seat slats came off a little oddly. They are the same size, same thickness, etc. When I laid them out on my bench – they sit just fine – there is no hills and valleys that make the seat uneven. But when I put them on the seat rails – I have those hills and valleys and the slats are uneven. Can’t figure out for the life of me why that happened. The rails are even, square, etc. Any ideas why that would happen?
Being as this chair is solid cherry – I’d like for it to get a dark patina to it. I’m thinking of putting it out in the sunshine to start that process. Have any of you done this – if so, how long would you leave it outside?
Thanks for looking all. As always, any and all comments welcomed and encouraged.
(Yes – I just noticed that demented looking animal in my picture. Gives me the chills!)
-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine