Front Porch Rockers #2: Cutting Parts

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Blog entry by bhack posted 05-26-2008 06:52 PM 2140 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Choice of wood? Well, for me that is easy. In the area of Mid-Missouri where I live there is not a big choice of wood suppliers. The only one close just sells the species that are mostly local. And money is a big factor for me. With the cost of diesel fuel it is prohibitive to drive the 150 miles to St Louis or Kansas City where there is a better market. So at the local supplier I found a large supply of Ash at $1.20 a bf. Decision made.
Today I milled the 4/4 Ash to the prescribed thickness for the rails, stretchers, rockers, and armrests. The rails, stretchers, rockers and armrests are ¾. The back slats are 3/8. I traced the patterns onto the pieces cut to length then at the bandsaw cut close to the lines. On to the router table with a pattern bit.

Here are the different parts all cut and shaped. I made the round tenons by using a 3/8 roundover bit at the router table and rounding all four sides. What this project did for me was getting a lot of practice using the band saw to cut the curves.

Arm Rests


Seat Slats

Rails for seat and back


Back Slats

Round tenons

I am pleased with the outcome of the parts. I am learning so much about using tools and planning. But more than anything for me is learning Patience.

Well next comes the moment of truth and see if they will all fit together. Wish me luck.

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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Scott Bryan

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#1 posted 05-26-2008 08:51 PM


This is looking good so far. With the care and diligence that you have taken so far I am sure that they will fit.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#2 posted 05-26-2008 09:25 PM

Great Work!

Can’t wait to see it completed. Always wanted to try and make a rocking chair.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Mark Shymanski

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#3 posted 05-28-2008 05:03 AM

Ash looks like a real nice wood to work with. I really like the grain. How is it to machine?

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#4 posted 05-28-2008 02:23 PM

Thanks for reading and commnets.

Mark, ash is like white oak but a tad softer I feel.

-- Bill - If I knew GRANDKIDS were so much fun I would have had them first.

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#5 posted 05-28-2008 05:35 PM

Ash is strong that’s what they make baseball bats out of. We have one piece of ash furniture and it looks great.

-- Only the Shadow knows....................

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