The Craftsman's Path #58: Sculpted Rocking Chair - Laminating the Rockers and Back Braces

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Blog entry by Mark Mazzo posted 03-04-2009 12:15 AM 2008 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Moving on from the work of roughing out components, it was time for some laminations. After making the forms I went to work with lots of thin strips in hand to create the rockers and back braces for the chair. The glue-filled process is covered in the latest post on my blog. Thanks for reading!

Laminating the rockers

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#1 posted 03-04-2009 06:42 AM

Mark -

This is a fun and inspiring blog to follow. I like the idea of adding the aluminum alignment stops. I will bet those were very helpful aligning strips slippery with glue. The rockers look awesome!



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Mark Mazzo

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#2 posted 03-04-2009 03:49 PM

Thanks, David.

The alignment stops were definitely helpful. WIth that many lamination strips and that much glue, these things tend to move around when you are clamping them to a curved surface! The alignment also assures that there will be enough material after cleanup to reach the finished width.

The rockers are not yet complete. I still have to glue up stacks for under each of the legs and then there is the shaping…the last of the back braces are in the form as we speak!


-- Mark, Webster New York, Visit my website at

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#3 posted 03-08-2009 12:11 AM

Somehow, I managed to drop this from my watchlist! I learn something new every time I see your posts. I appreciate the time it takes to be so detailed in your descriptions. Looking forward to the next installment!

-- "Our past judges our present." JFK - 1962; American Heritage Magazine

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