Rocking Chair Build #7: Fixing mistakes, or How to look like a Pro!

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Blog entry by Topapilot posted 11-06-2011 07:14 AM 3584 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hey Kids,
I’ve been busy in the shop, and havn’t posted an update in a while. I wanted to do one about some mistakes and how they were covered up, or, I mean, how I created an anomoly in order to demonstrate some advanced wood working skills.

First, you must realize you’ve messed up your project. Exibit A:

These are the rear legs of the rocker. The thick section is where the leg joins the seat. The legs are designed to tilt out at 6 degrees (narrow seat, wide headreast). The adder block is the piece glued to the leg and tapered at 6 degrees to tilt the leg out. If you look closely, you can see the taper goes partway into the joint area on the left leg, and does not enter the joint area on the right leg. My leg stock was thinner than Hal uses (he gets rough 10/4 stock, I could only get 8/4 S3S so was only 1 3/4 thick) Also, my adder did not extend out enough, hence the problem.

To fix: I plained down the adder block untill uniform thickness, then glued on another piece to bring the whole thickness way up:

With this added thickness I could clamp the leg to the 6 degree jig:

recut the joint, smoth the cut on the jointer, and make the joint correctly:

Another repair was to the slot in the leg joint that has to match the tounge on the seat. On the second leg I cut the notch too wide, so I glued in adders to both sides (only one shown here), trimmed them flush, then re-cut the notch.

Next up: Building a rocker is 10x jig building, and 1x rocker build!

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#1 posted 11-06-2011 05:15 PM

”First, you must realize you’ve messed up your project….” LOL. So true. Well put.
Sam Maloff has been a such strong influence in my woodworking. It was refreshing to see him make a mistake in his work, something I thought he probably did very little due to his skills and beautiful work. He made a joint too big for the rear leg of a rocker and then showed how he glued in a little thin spacer to fix it. He then joked that he did it on purpose. That made me admire him even more and it helped me not feel so bad about the goof ups I make.
Thanks for posting the solution and repair, and with great photo shots. All woodworkers fubar here and there….it is the skilled ones that can fix it and complete it. I am glad I finally got to the point I don’t get my feathers ruffled when mistakes strike. I just calmly look at it and fix it. No sweat.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#2 posted 11-06-2011 10:32 PM

Nice display of adapting and moving on. Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 11-07-2011 04:22 AM

I just came on your blog series here at # 7 and of course had to go bach and read the first six. I recently bought Charles Brocks book, CD and plans for his Moloof-style chair and plan on it as my next project. I’m not familiar with “Hal”or his plans that you keep referring to in your blog. Could you provide a link to Hal. There are some techniques on your post that are not part of the Brock design and I may adapt some for my chair. Looking forward the the remainder of the posts.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#4 posted 11-07-2011 04:31 AM

“Hal” is Hal Taylor, pretty well known in the rocking chair world, and is also a lumberjock: Hal's project page.

His website is


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