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Blog entry by GeneFK posted 02-23-2010 04:05 AM 988 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Having sat in these chairs I had to try to build one…with a lot of help from a friend who is building his 7th Hal Taylor Rocking Chair. It is the most comfortable chair I believe I have ever sat in and I wanted to try to make one. Mine is the large size, since I am 6’5”. The basic chair is Walnut. There is a 90mm strip of Hard Maple in the rockers and two 70mm strips of Ash in the back slats so they will flex. I have about 85 hours in the project thus far and I figure I’m about half way…but this is my first project of this type. I hope to display the finished product several weeks from now.



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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 02-23-2010 04:07 AM

Well – Get busy, we are waiting!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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#2 posted 02-23-2010 04:26 AM

I have other hobbies as well. As a matter of fact I will spend the first couple weeks of June flyfishing in Montana…Yellowstone, Gallatin, East Gallatin, Madison, Bitterroot, Bighole Rivers, etc. so I don’t get to work on my rocking chair every day. Plus I am still finishing my shop…built a shelf to hold some of my planes this morning. I did some fine tuning on the seat and glued one of the front legs on today.

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#3 posted 02-23-2010 04:45 AM

Hmmmmmmm….......aren’t you going to give us a sneak peak at what you have done now?? You have peaked our curiosity. (I hope I spelled that right!) I swear I have forgotten how to spell!!

AKA….....Woodchic

-- Robin Renee'

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#4 posted 02-23-2010 05:05 AM

I am getting ready to start my first one soon. I can’t wait for a break in the action to get started. Good luck! I am excited to see your finished product. Any words of wisdom wold be nice too. Good luck fishing as well.

-- In the time it takes some people to plan a project they could have built the project. Work from within not from paper.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 02-23-2010 09:32 AM

Well, you know I am in Billings just down the street from the world’s first KOA campground.

I know the Madison.

Kayaking the Madison River

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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GeneFK

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#6 posted 02-23-2010 02:58 PM

Since lumberjocks.com did not want me to post a half-finished project in my projects folder, and I do not yet know how to post a photo in my blog, I have added a photo of my half-finished rocking chair to my shop photos. This is definitely the most challenging project undertaken in my entire woodworking life. It involves lots of grinding, shaping, sanding and fine tuning after making the very precise cuts to create the piece parts that make up the chair. But the instructions are good.

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GeneFK

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#7 posted 02-23-2010 02:59 PM

How does one post a photo on the blog?

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#8 posted 02-23-2010 04:11 PM

Keep on pluggin’ – you’ll get there. It’s an amazing project, and walnut is a very nice wood to work with. Looking forward to seeing the finished chair!

-- To do is to be

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GeneFK

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#9 posted 02-23-2010 08:07 PM

My friend, Alfred, has a good way of creating the 40 short tapered pieces to reinforce the back-slats of the rocker. After cutting them to the appropriate thickness and all about 12” in length, he places them on a flat jig that is slanted. He secures them with double-sided tape. Then he runs the jig through the flat sander until they are tapered to .001”. The jig does 4 at a time. Then the tapered pieces are cut to the three required lengths, sandwiched with the other back-slat parts and glued up in the mold. This makes this operation relatively easy compared to the numerous other operations.

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#10 posted 02-27-2010 03:24 PM

To post a picture in a blog you have to store the photo somewhere on the web like flickr.com Accounts there are free. There are directions on this site for posting pictures.

But like is said here “No pioctures, didn’t happen”

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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