My First Rocker #4: Make the rocker template

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 03-24-2009 03:44 AM 1665 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I confess to knowing nothing about using a trammel. I’ve always understood the concept – but have never used it; until now. I can’t say that I did it correctly, except for the final product – I must have done OK.

I did not have an empty space large enough in my shop so I used my kitchen counter top. (I don’t recommend doing so without permission if you are married.) I did not have a long enough piece of scrap to do the job – so I had to secure two pieces together. Then, of course, I did not want to screw the trammel to the counter top so I used double sided tape to secure a piece of ply that I could secure the pivot to.



The three pieces of paper on the work piece are the pattern pieces from the magazine. (I used copies – the original always stays in one piece.) I used the trammel to draw my curves which connected the three pattern pieces into one large piece. Then it was off to the band saw.

This is the template for my routers.


I have to do some clean up so I don’t have any bumps, etc. that will transmit to my final piece. I’ll clean this up and then make the templates for the legs. I still have a little to finish on my cabinet and then it’s full speed ahead on my rocker.

Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 03-24-2009 04:06 AM


What ever works!! Looks like a fine trammel to me!

Looking forward to more posts on this rocker.


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

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#2 posted 03-24-2009 05:05 AM

Looks great to me to Betsy! I also can not wait to see more updates. Thanks for sharing!

-- Allison, Northeastern Ca. Remember, Amateurs built the Ark. Professionals built the Titanic!

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#3 posted 03-24-2009 05:50 AM

There you go Betsy, looking good!

-- Nature is my manifestation of God. I go to nature every day for inspiration in the day's work. I follow in building the principles which nature has used in its domain" Frank Lloyd Wright

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#4 posted 03-24-2009 09:34 AM

Looks like you are on a roll now! Your comment about not using the kitchen counter without permission reminded me of one day i walked through the house shaking a can of spray paint. My wife spontaneously said, “You’re not going to paint in the living room!” I have no idea what ever made her think I would spray paint in the house ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#5 posted 03-24-2009 07:57 PM

Well on your way Betsy. I made this same chair and I was really surprised at how nicely they spelled it out. Piece of advice though, do not let anybody sit in it until you have the front and back of the seat slats fastened. Learned my lesson after one broke. Look forward to seeing it all together though.

-- I cut it twice and the damn thing is still too short!@#$%

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#6 posted 03-25-2009 03:56 AM

Thanks Huckleberry. I can’t wait to get the saw dust flying!

Did you do tenons first or mortises?

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

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