How to build a Custom Sculptured rocking chair
Lesson # 1
Here is the free class text you wanted. It is complete and you can build a rocker using it. If you are following along with the Web Class and are anxious to upload the new text before I am able to post it to the Web Class site you can send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org and request the next lesson.
You now have three choices:
(1) Send me an email for the Free text in which case this Free text will give you all you need to know to build a rocker, but missing the pictures and seminar upgrades.
(2) Send me an email for the next Web Class lesson you are ready for by giving me the text item number you have advanced to which will let me know what material I should send next. I do it this way because I will often make changes for clarification as I once again read this material.
(3) On my web site at the ‘Supplies’ page click on PayPal, at the bottom, button for the entire, with pictures & upgrades, manual and or patterns with jigs.
Using case (3) will enable you to advance at your own pace. Also I will send you all future revisions to the Web Class as I make them. Send me your email address and I will email your choice selection to you. email@example.com
Seminar on Sam Maloof style rocking chair.
If you find you would like all the pictures and the upgrade text as well as the daily ‘Story line’ then the full detailed manual is available on my ‘supplies’ page at www.kappelusa.com It comes in a ‘word’ document in two emails because the file is too large for one email. . I do ask a $10.95 donation for it.
The seminar text has a lot of pictures and some advance techniques or the latest changes I have made in making rocking chairs. It is the text I give to all my students when we make a rocker together.
You may like the full size patterns and jigs as well that are available on the same web page. These patterns are full size and you print them off on your printer. They are marked, in full size, so you can tape or glue the pages together to make your permanent wood patterns. These patterns & jigs are $10.95 for both
The ‘story line’ is used in my classes for the seminar students to easily follow the daily procedure of making a rocking chair. These students also have the full text to study.
For the most part this material is taken from the FREE text available on my web site at www.kappelusa.com with some added text changes.
I would like to explain that I am a woodworker with over 60 years of experience. The following information is good for woodworkers and all that you will need. This info is not intended as a fancy demonstration of drafting or book making. The text is detailed and complete, but little effort has been given to dress up the presentation with expensive fancy foot work like blue print drawings or commercial printing and pictures. Everything you need is here to make custom rocking chair even pictures are included.
What else would you want?
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How to build a Custom Sculptured rocking chair
Word of warning: I may sadly through ignorance, error, foolishness or carelessness advance various notions, which could lead to some undesirable health risk or accident. You who make the choice to follow these instructions are reminded that as free independent individuals you are responsible to appraise yourselves of ALL applicable safety precautions. If you choose to proceed with these instructions be advised I cannot be held responsible for your safety.
I will take you through a complete detailed instruction of how to build a custom sculptured rocking chair. Please view the gallery on this web site (www.kappelusa.com) for some of the styles I make to determine if this is what you are looking for. The instructions will cover every aspect of construction, as well as materials, tools, jigs, techniques, secrets of the trade, little known methods, short cuts, pictures and anything else helpful.
Because some may be novices I will give the reasoning along with the procedure for many of the undertakings.
I have posted a few announcements to bulletin board forums, so as soon as we get a reasonable interest, I will add to this paper. If you like what you see feel free to post announcements about this offer to other woodworking forums. Be sure to tell them to do a search for “Kappel rockers”. Or go to www.kappelusa.com. When on my web site click on the left bar marked “code” and select the code # for the FREE or upgraded info. you want.
If an email for the FREE text is sent to me, it must have the code number in the subject line so I can sort out the serious woodworker from the rubbish mail I get. When the code changes you will know I have changed text.
As we go along I may make adjustments to this text as seems proper upgraded text. When I make a mistake in grammar, spelling, syntax, punctuation or other clues to my English ignorance please forgive me. If I make a mistake in woodworking please correct me.
I am a self-taught woodworker so some of the techniques I use may not be familiar to you. My terminology will be close and descriptive, but not always what you may be familiar with using. I have been woodworking for over 60 years and still have all my fingers and never have I had a serious accident. So I do know a little something about the subject I will be discussing. I do know how to make, what I think are the finest rocking chairs in the world today, the right way that will last much longer than any of us will live. In most cases I use the ‘Old World Masters’ way of doing things, but I do not use them to the detriment of time, material or energy. If I can do a job with less work, in less time, having the same or better outcome, I will use it without hesitation.
I have no desire to take any shortcuts in explanation or procedures. I will discuss the smallest detail, which is often the pertinent thing left out of commercial books, that makes a master work piece stand apart from the ordinary upgraded text.
We will go through the same construction procedure I use for one of my rockers in the same sequence of manufacturing. I will, at a later date, add details on how to upgrade or modify a particular unit of the rocker to what I think is an improvement or enhancement for attractiveness or functionally. This new material has been used to publish my student manual or full instructional manual now available on my web site www.kappelusa.com along with full size ‘patterns & jigs’.
-- Rocking Chair Guy