This will probably be a pretty short blog, but wanted to share some progress of the next rocker I’m building. This one is for child #4, Jayne. It became tradition for each of my kids to get a rocker on their second Christmas and after plenty of thought about what to build, I finally decided on the boat. I have never built a boat so I hope the more nautically inclined folks out there cut me a little slack about my construction methods (or suggest a better method!). I want it to loo...
I recently took a Maloof Rocker class with Randy Child and Charles Neil. They were both kind enough to let me video the learning sections of the class. In this video, Randy discusses the requirements for prepping the front legs to integrate with the seat. I have lots of video but most of it has high levels of noise. If there is interest given these restraints, I will post a few more. As for the class itself, I really learned quite a bit about shaping wood which is the largest require...
My mom went with me when I bought the wood for my first rocker and she realized I bought enough wood to make two rockers. She put her order in for one right then. Today is her birthday and mother’s day so I got started on the rocker. I don’t expect to get done until this winter because I don’t do much woodworking in the summer. 5/13/12 When I made my first rocker I cut enough rocker slats and back brace slats to make a second rocker. I got started by glueing up the ...
Okay I started this chair Jan 28th 2010 I wanted to get finish put on after 30 days…... simple goal eh? To my credit I got everything I could have done until I needed to use th 1/2’’ rabbit and 3/4 round over I did not have but ordered took 10 days to get here )-: So far total working days possible – 16 Progress This is a rocker design by Hal Taylor, I purchased his templates, PDF book, and video. I was at first a little on the fence as it started to a...
Today I started with the seat or should I say seats, drum sand, notch and rabbbit seat, again do some stuff to the rear legs glue second adder block, carve out seat, continue gluing headrest pieces, notch and round over front legs to fit joint, cope arms with table saw, glue front legs together, continue gluing up head rest, shape rear legs, get the rear legs to 90% finished which is leg/seat joint fitted, sanded, routed, sanded…... Yup that was a good amount of work today, i’d...
In this clip Randy Child shows us how he mixes Urea Resin Glue to get the correct consistency. This step is in preparation for gluing up the rockers.
I’ve just about have my cabinet project done and since I have no interest in watching a finish coat dry I’m going to start getting all my things together to do my first rocking chair. I’ve looked a long time trying to find a chair that I thought I could do and that would still be a bit of a challenge. A Maloof chair seemed like too much to start with – those joints are amazing. Since I have no room for a rocking chair in my house – I thought I would use this as m...
This is the first of a series of posts on the contemporary rocking chair on Furnitude: http://tinyurl.com/89zrf3
He promised his grandchildren, now young adults, a rocking chair. This was to be a delightful part of his retirement. He built three, all from the same plan and then, sadly, he died. His widow commissioned me to build the fourth. She still had all the templates and plans and the build narrative, plus more of the same hard rock maple he had used before. I opted to cut and mill two sets of parts, looking to build another in the near future, plus allowing me a little comfortable fallbac...
Legacy Project: The Dundas Rocking Chair #2: Pile o' Parts Plus a comparison of the Dundas to the Maloof
With my limited experience in the world of rocking chairs, I’m inclined at this point to divide them into two groups: Armed and no arms. Of those two, the first group has two subgroups: Arm integral with the front leg, and Not. The Windsor Rocker is a fine example of the arm and leg not being integral. The most elegant of the other subgroup is the Maloof chair. Much has been written here and elsewhere about this iconic design. Let me just add that, having built one, I c...
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