I don’t have much done yet. I started by going on thedesignconfidential.com to get my plans. Then I started by cutting the pine to the right size for the project. Lastly I only have some of it done but will get more done over time.
I finally got this pattern JIG for my bandsaw made and setup correctly. I have run several test pieces so I am satisfied that I can cut the rocking chair’s back slats correctly. I am comfortable that I can cut all of the back slats so the curves will be done correctly and smoothly; so they all will be the same. Part of that setup was changing my 1/2 inch bandsaw blade to my 1/4 inch blade. The curves are not that difficult but in order to follow the pattern in a smooth motion it r...
My rocking chair instructor used a large block of wood in which he cut a Vee pointy end to cut his back slats for the chair. He clamped this block that he called a “push point” to the table of his bandsaw at a distance of 3/4 inch from the blade. With the initial patterned curve on a wide board cutout he held that curved side against the Vee and thus cut off each slat on the bandsaw. I attempted to make my own push point, but I had difficulties with it. First, I did not have...
I took the advice I got from Captain Sckully seriously. I have built a new base from acrylic and then from the topside drilled holes so I could fasten the guide rails in place on the base with screws. This will be a safer solution and it will be repeatable. I have also completed the construction of the clamping forms in which I will glue and clamp the rockers for this chair. This bent lamination is based on the 42 inch inner radius and the 43 1/4 inch outer radius specified in the pl...
I need help from someone with more experience in using routers in special applications. I am making a jig that will let my router slide along a sled type jig. The purpose is to smooth the bandsaw blade marks for the underside curve I will cut on the rocking chair’s arm rest. This is so I can get a good fit for gluing the arm rests to the upper arm rail. There are two guide rails that I need to mount to the bottom of my router’s base plate. Initially I was thinking I would...
The instruction was to cut two patterns in order to glue and clamp the laminated rockers; one was for the inside curve that is a 42 inch radius and the other was the outside radius of the form. It would be the 43 1/4 inch radius form. I did cut the patterns, but then I questioned the need since I was going to cut three 3/4 inch plywood pieces for each pattern. So instead of working from the pattern to cut the 3/4 inch three layers I decided to use my router circle jig and cut the three i...
In order to make the rockers for this rocking chair I needed to make a pattern. From these patterns I would make a clamping form from plywood. I will cut eight 1/8” thick slats of my cherry hardwood for each rocker and glue them between these clamping forms. I will use gluing cauls on each side of the clamping form. They will be made from 1/8 inch masonite or hardboard. I will cover them with paste wax so glue will not adhere to them. Thus, the inner form will have a radius of 42 i...
I have bought the 3/4 inch plywood I will need in order to make the bending form JIG to make this chair’s two rockers. I got a clarification from Tom, my online instructor, for the undocumented radius for the outer form’s radius. The inner radius was clearly marked on the full sized plans to be 42 inches. I did not see any documentation for the outer’s curve radius, but it could be deduced with math. The rockers are made from eight 1/8 inch thick strips plus two clampi...
To fasten the rockers to this rocking chair’s four legs and to fasten the top of the back legs to the chair’s crest rail, I need to make mortises so I can fit loose tenons. Making these mortises would be easy if I owned an expensive power tool: the Festool Domino. It on my wish list, but it is further down the list or at least below my top expensive priority, a Saw Stop cabinet table saw. I have already had a shop accident on my Porter Cable table saw. It was a silly act that d...
There is always a need to make JIGs so you can make something in woodworking. To make this rocking chair there are many JIGs required. Here are a few I have made for this project. There will be others needed as I get into this build further. A side slat sanding JIG. It was important to sand these side chair slats the same so that the tenons that would be cut later would be precisely the same size: 1/2 inches square. Saw burns on cherry… Orbit sander on seven slats at one ti...
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