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Dynamike's Woodshop #2: Rocker Recliner

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Blog entry by Dynamike posted 08-15-2015 03:56 PM 1136 reads 3 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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So last Thursday I look over at the neighbors house and there’s a recliner upside down, sitting out in the trash. hmmmm I thought. I’ll bet there’s some springs and levers and such I could use off of that!

After looking at it up close I said damn I’ll just take the whole thing.

I had to clean all the dog hair, dust and webs off of it and…she cleaned up nicely.
I tossed it up on the bench and stretched it out to see just how this thing works.

It took about an hour but I came up with a basic frame shape.

At this point I still don’t know what I want to do. I can’t decide if it’s going to be indoor or outdoor furniture. I thought I could cover it with oak, it sure would look pretty in the house. But I don’t have room for another recliner. And in the house,? I want a cushy chair to sit in,...I’ll just build it out of cedar and maybe put it in the Florida room.
Here I put some cedar slats across to line up the back and bottom and mounted an arm rest frame. like the slats HATE the arm rest…thing!

Tomorrow’s another day!

SO I gave this some thought last night and came up with an idea to cover all of that metal while clearing all the moving parts. I went to the band saw and resawed the 3 vertical side slats on the left that were interfering with the mechanism up from the bottom about 4 inches. It turned out a lot better than the first Idea, and a lot neater too!

Now for my first sit down,... and, my freakin head hangs off the end. It’s gonna need a head rest!

Here I’m trying to figure it out. About 10 or so years ago I built a swing out of the way paper towel holder for the laundry room that worked well. It had detent balls that would click and hold the rack in any number of positions.

SO that’s the route i’m going with this and this is what I ended up with.


A 4 position head rest that makes a nice audible click when raising or lowering that locks nicely into that position.

-- "It's not scrap until it's sawdust", and maybe not even then...MAKwoods



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Dynamike

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#1 posted 08-15-2015 04:41 PM

The balls just ride along the risers until they encounter a dimple and “click”. I added a handle also.

Moving On.
I made a recline lever but it failed miserably on the firs attempt. Cedar just can’t overcome spring tension!

-- "It's not scrap until it's sawdust", and maybe not even then...MAKwoods

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#2 posted 08-15-2015 05:18 PM

This is fun! I lot of creative thinking, and mind working problem solving thought went into this project. I bet if you showed it to your neighbor now, they’d want it back! This is soooo cool! I love it!~Suzanne

-- Suzanne, A Touch Of O.Z.

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#3 posted 08-15-2015 05:37 PM

Like this style of invent-as-you-go projects. Looking forward to read more!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#4 posted 08-15-2015 08:31 PM

Mike,

Awesome re-use project! Yeah, the head rest looks like a requirement. Nice job!

Terry

-- Terry, East Central IL

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#5 posted 08-16-2015 03:16 AM

Nice idea – I wonder if plywood would work for the handle…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 08-16-2015 03:46 AM

Funny you should say that sras, My thoughts exactly.


A plywood handle made from some 1 inch flooring from a semi trailer. 9 ply plus I added 2 ply by adding a pretty cedar face to it. A couple more ply disks glued together to make the spacer to cover up the metal shaft and there it is. All I need to do now is a couple of simple arm rests and that should just about do it.

Oh one more thing I’d like to try out.
I made a template to try to burn a logo into the back, I’ve never tried this before. I practiced on a piece of scrap and it turned out ok I guess.

Yeah…

Done Building, some light sanding and onto the finish.

-- "It's not scrap until it's sawdust", and maybe not even then...MAKwoods

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#7 posted 08-16-2015 03:56 AM

A Harley Rocker with a suicide shifter!

-- "It's not scrap until it's sawdust", and maybe not even then...MAKwoods

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#8 posted 08-16-2015 12:40 PM

That is sweet! What did your neighbor think?

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#9 posted 08-16-2015 12:42 PM

The neighbor probably wants it back now!

Cant say as I blame him, I would too!

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#10 posted 08-24-2015 08:19 PM

Done!

-- "It's not scrap until it's sawdust", and maybe not even then...MAKwoods

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#11 posted 08-24-2015 08:29 PM

Looks cool…

Looks like the “HD” is in raised letters? Doesn’t it cut into your back?

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#12 posted 08-24-2015 11:53 PM

No the HD is actually routed in, Recessed about a sixteenth deep.

-- "It's not scrap until it's sawdust", and maybe not even then...MAKwoods

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#13 posted 08-25-2015 12:51 AM

That is so cool and a very clever desgn job.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#14 posted 08-25-2015 01:48 AM

It just kept getting better and better!
TOPS!
Has your neighbor seen it yet?
If so what did he/she say?
What an accomplishment!
Your arm rests are big enough to set a big beverage on it! Have you kicked back in it, and have your first bubbly yet?
I ‘m anxious to see your next fun project!
Very neat indeed! ~Suzanne

-- Suzanne, A Touch Of O.Z.

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#15 posted 08-26-2015 03:36 PM

Neighbor would like to have his chair back….I pointed in the direction of the dump!

-- "It's not scrap until it's sawdust", and maybe not even then...MAKwoods

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