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My First Rocker #1: Preparing and planning

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 03-15-2009 08:27 PM 1250 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve just about have my cabinet project done and since I have no interest in watching a finish coat dry I’m going to start getting all my things together to do my first rocking chair. I’ve looked a long time trying to find a chair that I thought I could do and that would still be a bit of a challenge. A Maloof chair seemed like too much to start with – those joints are amazing. Since I have no room for a rocking chair in my house – I thought I would use this as my project for next years services auction at church. Not saying it will take me a year – but I am a bit slow.

Anyway – this is the chair that I picked to do.

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It’s found in the May 2008 Wood magazine.

I had thought about making it out of Ipe (that’s pronounced E – Pay) so that it could be an outdoor chair. But with my lifting limitations and the fact the Ipe is so heavy – I’ve opted to use cherry instead. I am considering putting in some walnut accents in the chair back.

I’m going to try to blog each step because if I do a blog it really slows me down and makes me think each step through. So bear with me – or just don’t read my blog!!!

I’m quite sure I’ll be having questions along the way – so thanks in advance for any help you may give.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine



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lew

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#1 posted 03-15-2009 08:59 PM

Betsy,

Looks like a great choice! Looking forward to following the project.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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John Gray

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#2 posted 03-15-2009 09:30 PM

Looks like yo have a worthy project. Idea: You could make some of the bottom slats out of Walnut for an accent

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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lew

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#3 posted 03-15-2009 09:42 PM

Betsy,

For what it’s worth and taking John’s suggestion a step further, how about walnut rockers? Some relative of my mom, was a famous rocking chair maker (locally). Mom said they always used walnut rockers because the chairs wouldn’t “walk” across the floor, when in use.

Lew

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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tenontim

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#4 posted 03-15-2009 10:06 PM

Nice choice, Betsy. To clarify Lew’s relative; if the rockers aren’t the same radius or length, then the chair will rock across the floor or in a circle. Keep us posted.

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Betsy

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#5 posted 03-15-2009 10:36 PM

I like the walnut slat idea.

Lew – how would walnut rockers keep the rocker from walking across the floor?

So you think walnut rockers and a cherry body??

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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dustygirl

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#6 posted 03-15-2009 10:42 PM

That looks like an excellent chair for your first one Betsy.Good luck with it.I will be following your blog to see how your coming along.

-- Dustygirl..Hastings,Ontario.. How much wood can 1 gal chuck if 1 gal can't cut wood?

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roundabout22

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#7 posted 03-16-2009 01:15 AM

I saw this in wood magazine as well. I thougt it might be something worth trying then forgot about it. Thanks for reminding me about it. I’ll be following your blog for as long as it takes.

-- remember always measure once and cut twice

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lew

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#8 posted 03-17-2009 04:09 AM

Never made any sense to me, but then most of the things my mom tried to tell me never made any sense. I think she’s surprised I made it this far :^)

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Betsy

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#9 posted 03-17-2009 04:47 AM

That’s pretty funny. I remember my Mom telling me some whoppers too. I think now she was probably laughing at her own jokes and wondering when I’d eventually figure it out.

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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Beginningwoodworker

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#10 posted 04-06-2009 12:19 AM

This is going to be a good project.

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