I started this project because I saw a really cool contemporary rocking bench on the internet, and wanted to tweak the design a little so it fit my wife’s needs. The original design was a bit low to the ground for our taste.
Here is the original design: http://www.designwoo.com/2010/11/d-van-dirk-rocking-chair/
So I thought about how I would do the same chair, only a little higher off the ground. I knew I wanted the grain of the plywood to show vertically as you are looking at the chair from the front, so I knew I would be cutting a LOT of pieces of plywood. For this reason, and because I like the rustic look of wood grain anyhow, I decided to use inch and an eighth sub-flooring plywood because it was the thickest and most rustic looking ply that the hardware store carried. This meant I would have to cut less pieces because it’s thicker.
I don’t want people sitting on the bench and feeling lumps though, and while I would like it to look rustic, I want it to feel smooth and finished. I don’t want it to be an old west bench. That would take away from the contemporary design. For that reason, I am going to finish it with the type of finish you would apply to the old wood boats, like Epifanes. This will give it a nice hard glass like finish, while still having the nice grain look.
My main reason for writing this in the blog section is because I am not finished yet, and wanted to get opinions, thoughts on any techniques and such, or just ideas in general that any of you lumberjocks would change up.
In case you are wondering, there are 80 pieces of cut plywood total on the bench in the photo, and I will be adding another two rocker pieces with a recessed portion to cover the threaded rod and nuts on the ends, and I plan to put some dark wood plugs in the screw holes on the upper sides of the back rest for contrast.
Let me know what you think of my progress so far.
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