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Blog entry by mbs posted 05-14-2012 02:24 AM 1932 reads 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 rockers and 3/4 of the back braces.

I also glued the seat up. I was lucky enough to have a small amount of spalted walnut that I book matched at the center of the seat.

Lastly, I finished the circle cutting jig that I started a few months ago. It will be used to make the headrest.

I will have to make some templates because this rocker is smaller than my last rocker. I’ll make them as I need them though.!

1/6/13 started back on the chair recently. The arms are fitted to the seat and the seat finished. Part of the seat has some spalting which has proven to be a problem because as soon as i touch it with the sander it takes out a chunk. I’ve put a lot of hardener on it but I still have an area that is undercut.

2/23 – made good progress today rounding the arms, legs and seat joints. Also worked on the headrest. It fits the chair now.

2/25 shaped the headrest and drilled the holes. It’s sanded to 220 now. Ready for install once I get the back slats shaped.

It’s done!


-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.



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#1 posted 05-15-2012 01:29 AM

Looks like you’re off to a good start. I’m fixing to start on my second one as well as soon as I get the walnut in the next couple of weeks. The headrest jig is the only one of Hal’s jigs I haven’t made yet but I plan on having one for my next chair. I cut the last one freehand but I think the jig would be better. Look forward to seeing your progress.

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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#2 posted 05-15-2012 10:45 PM

I did my first one free hand and I don’t think i could have cut it any better free handed but the leopard wood was so hard that it took a long time to sand. I will easily cut the sanding time down with the circle jig.

post some pics for me when you get time.

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#3 posted 05-22-2012 12:40 AM

How do you plan on attaching the headrest to your jig to make the cut on the bandsaw? I think I may go ahead and make this jig this weekend.

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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#4 posted 05-22-2012 09:41 PM

I’m going to try double sided tape first to see if it holds well. if it doesnt work I’ll try hot glue.

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#5 posted 02-10-2013 01:29 AM

the center of the seat had a punky section that I couldn’t fix after several attempts so I cut it out and replaced it.

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#6 posted 02-10-2013 03:33 AM

I think you made the right decision. I really like the way it turned out. The piece you put in looks great at the front of the seat. Nice job grinding it down too. Be careful drilling that last hole!

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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#7 posted 02-10-2013 04:20 AM

Kevin,

I was very careful with the grinders. I had a lot of time invested in that seat. I had to rework the bottom front edge that was punky. My front legs are fitted to the joints and ready to be glued to the seat so I really didn’t want to mess with the seat joints.

By the way, I used 2 sided tape on the circle cutting jig and it worked well. That jig will save a lot of sanding time since the cut is smooth.

What are you making now?

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#8 posted 02-10-2013 06:35 PM

Just finished a matching table for the Sapele rocker and a cart for my new smoker complete with lights. Got tired of grilling in the dark. The poker table I built a couple of years ago and it is now owned by the cat. I really want to get started on another rocker but will probably wait until spring.

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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#9 posted 02-10-2013 06:37 PM

Scott Morrison – Maloof inspired table I should say.

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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#10 posted 02-10-2013 06:49 PM

Very nice! Love the grain in the table. Maloof has inspired a bunch of us, hasn’t he?

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#11 posted 02-15-2013 03:26 AM

Got the back legs cut out with the adder piece attached and the arms rough shaped over the weekend. Made the seat joints in the back legs today.

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#12 posted 02-16-2013 09:53 PM

The more I look at the board you added to the middle of the seat the more I like it. It’s like the pommel is centered perfectly and the grain is coming off the center perfectly on each side. Lucky or good?

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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#13 posted 02-16-2013 10:18 PM

Kev,

If I had my choice of being lucky or good I’d take lucky ever time!

That small strip was the only pc of wood I had in my shop that would work. It was 1/8” too narrow but it had a couple of inches to spare on length. I like it too.

Shaping the back legs now.

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#14 posted 03-12-2013 03:04 AM

The back slats are installed.

And the rockers are made

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