Front Porch Rockers #4: Completion

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Blog entry by bhack posted 05-30-2008 05:09 PM 1374 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This has been a very satisfying project. First I can do the work, and second I learned a lot new things. Cutting out the arc for the rockers was a new process for me. But, I found that I can do it. I didn’t do them perfect, but they will be the next time because I now have the confidence to do it. Doing new things on each of the power and hand tools now boosts my confidence to try something new and more difficult. So, if you are new to the hobby you can do bigger and better things if you just try.

For the finish I applied two coats of Danish oil and rubbed on four coats of spar varnish (satin).

Thanks for comments along the way. It is very encouraging to know someone is listening and helping. Everyone have a good day.


I knew I should have made three!

Some close-ups of the joinery.

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

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John Gray

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#1 posted 05-30-2008 05:11 PM

Beautiful job!!!!! Please keep us posted on your future projects.

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

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Randy Sharp

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#2 posted 05-30-2008 06:13 PM

Bill, after seeing your beautiful project, I’m going after my copy of May 2008 Wood magazine. Gotta have some of those chairs for myself!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#3 posted 05-30-2008 06:27 PM

WOW!!! Those are beautiful. And those mistakes you made or think you made I’ll bet no one else would be able to tell where they are. Great job.

-- DeputyDawg

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#4 posted 05-30-2008 07:45 PM

Thanks for the comments fellows.
DeputyDawg – I suppose we are our own worse critics. Thanks for the comment.
Randy – - make a circle cutting jig to do the rockers. I didn’t and it would have helped.
John – Thanks for the comments

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

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#5 posted 05-30-2008 08:19 PM

Bill, those really turned out great. Those will provide you and yours with many years of rocking. Ash is cheap enough you can make a porch full of them, without breaking the bank. I have a furkid too, that thinks she needs her own chair. Thanks for the series on these.

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#6 posted 05-30-2008 11:53 PM

You did a great job. Thanks for blogging it.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#7 posted 05-31-2008 02:23 AM

Those are great chairs

Thanks for the post

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#8 posted 05-31-2008 05:05 AM

The chairs look great. I’ve been thinking of tackling that project as well. I hope mine turn out as nice as yours.

Thanks for the blog.

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

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#9 posted 05-31-2008 05:45 AM

Man, I can see myself sitting, rocking and waving to the cars going by.

Beautiful Job!!!


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

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Mark Shymanski

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#10 posted 06-01-2008 05:30 AM

Beautiful chairs, thanks for blogging the process.

-- "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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#11 posted 08-10-2008 01:01 AM

Beautiful chairs,Beautiful Job!

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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#12 posted 03-10-2012 03:03 PM

Nice job. Thanks for the blog.

-- --- Measure twice, mis-cut, start over, repeat ---

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