Last week I surprised myself by signing up for an online woodworking course. I am expecting this course will help extend my woodworking skill set. Building a rocking chair will be a leap into unknown territory for me. I do not even know the terms or names given to chair parts. I am reassured that I will come out of this experience okay because I will get guidance from a master woodworker. I won’t be alone in new territory.
I signed on a week late. I am expecting the full scale drawings to arrive soon in my mailbox. I have a good idea of how much lumber I need so I will be making my run for 4/4, 6/4 and 8/4 rough sawn lumber this morning. This way I can begin making templates and cutting chair parts right away when the plans arrive.
The rocking chair will look similar to the one in this photo I found on the internet.
CHAIR MAKING DESIGN BOOK
First, I am asking for help from experienced chair makers here on Lumberjocks for a references to a good woodworking design book on chair making. I have placed other good books in my library on tables, finishing, joint making, etc. I just never thought I would be into chair making this early in my woodworking experience.
GRAIN DIRECTION FOR LEG LAYOUT ON LUMBER
Another question or issue I need help with is understanding the best wood grain direction for a chair leg. When laying out a leg to cut from 8/4 lumber what grain direction issues should I be concerned about? Especially at its foot where the leg curves a bit before being connected or joined to the rocker? You can see that curve in the rear leg of the chair photo above.
These are the kind of answers I am hoping to find in a good library reference book on chair making. Help and advice would be much appreciated.
-- --- Happy Howie