My First Rocker #7: Working on the back - and introduction of my new shop buddies!

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Blog entry by Betsy posted 05-04-2009 04:59 AM 1464 reads 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 6: Small steps Part 7 of My First Rocker series Part 8: Getting the back close to ready to go »

Started working on the back of my rocker this weekend. Got the mortises cut for the back slats and the ends cutout and ready to round over.

This is my gobbled together drill press fence to use to get my spacing. Nothing pretty but it did the job.


The mortises are 3/8 in thickness, 3/4 in length and 3/4 in depth. Used a 3/8 forestner bit to drill the main holes then cleaned up with a chisel.



Finally I’ve started fiddling with getting the router set up for rounding over the tenons. My test piece came out with a pretty good fit.


And finally – let me introduce my new shop buddies!


The little brown guy is Oliver Wendell. He’s a Brussels Griffon. The white shaggy girl is a miniature Schnauser named Anne. Both are great company. The only thing in the shop that seems to scare them is the router. I’m guessing its the whine that hurts their ears. Got to be careful with little Oliver – he’s small enough to miss when moving around the shop.

I’m hoping for some short spurts of shop time during the week. With any luck I can get most of the back pieces done and ready to fit together.

Thanks for looking.

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

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#1 posted 05-04-2009 05:03 AM

Hey Betsy
Good start, Those Dogs look so life like LOL

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#2 posted 05-04-2009 05:40 AM

nice job on the mortises

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#3 posted 05-04-2009 06:38 AM

Looking Great, Betsy!

Love the puppies!!


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#4 posted 05-04-2009 06:46 AM

So you have a shop-mop too?

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#5 posted 05-04-2009 06:41 PM

Looks like you are on a roll now!!

-- 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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#6 posted 05-04-2009 07:31 PM

must of taken years to carve tho’s dogs betsy they look sooooooooooooo life like carn’t wait to see finished rocker

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#7 posted 05-05-2009 04:54 AM

They’ll make good company in the summer.

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

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