Front Porch Rockers

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Blog series by bhack updated 05-30-2008 05:09 PM 4 parts 6193 reads 24 comments total

Part 1: Front Porch Rockers - #2

05-19-2008 04:16 AM by bhack | 1 comment »

Well, I finally got back to the keyboard. With 14 acres, spring, and rain a little time must be devoted to the farm. I have fence rows to clear from this winters ice storms we experienced this year. No big trees fell, but lots of limbs are in the way of the haying machinery so it must be cleared. I cut patterns for a lot of the parts since I am making two (2) rockers. There are four arms, eight legs, eight rails, eight stretchers, four rockers, and twenty seat slats. I felt patterns w...

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Part 2: Cutting Parts

05-26-2008 06:52 PM by bhack | 5 comments »

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 thic...

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Part 3: Assembly of Rocker

05-27-2008 09:15 PM by bhack | 6 comments »

Ok, I got up my nerve and started the dry fit. Viola, they fit nearly perfectly the first time. I did say nearly, but with a little help of a rasp and file the dry fit is a go. I had never used a rasp or file that often and was pleasantly pleased with the results that can be obtained by their use. I found as with most hand tools is to let the tool do the work and you act as a guide. Using that theory has been one of my accomplishments thus far in woodworking.Ok Bill, shut up and start glu...

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Part 4: Completion

05-30-2008 05:09 PM by bhack | 12 comments »

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 yo...

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