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The assembly of the arm rests is pretty straight forward. Click this link to watch a real-time video of me assembling the second arm rest.
Custom-made : 1 a. The freedom to take a perfectly designed piece of furniture, make your own modifications, and mess it up. synonyms see Dusty Mark.
While making decisons on my rocking chair build, I thought it was good to spread the arm rests out considerably further than Moser’s design. With the chair completely assembled, I realize that was a bad idea. The wider spread is comfortable for a man, but it is not comfortable for a woman. I will have to build the second chair with the normal spread. Unfortunately, I already drilled the holes in the second seat blank for a splay that put the arms out wider. I’ll need to glue up a second seat blank.
This front view shows the breadth of the arm rests. I think the lines of the chair are hurt a bit by the wide span of the arm rests when viewed from the front.
The lines of the chair still look good from views other than head on. Other design issues I’m considering are the overall recline of the seat/back and the shape of the rockers. I lost some curve to my rockers when I leaned them over to 15 degrees. I may need to rocker them more to compensate. All of these are very minor details that I will only pursue because I’m extremely picky about chair comfort.
Next, I need to sand and finish this beautiful chair. I plan to try Minwax Wipe-On polyurethane for the finish.
-- Mark, Minnesota