Rocking Chair Build - Due Oct 5 #3: Finishing the Seat

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Blog entry by Marshall posted 11-06-2015 09:32 PM 1442 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Preparing the Seat Part 3 of Rocking Chair Build - Due Oct 5 series Part 4: Cutting and Shaping the Back Legs »

It’s been a long time since I made a blog post. I’ve been taking photos throughout the process, but I havent had a chance to update the blog. So here goes:

The last post left off with the seat carved out and sanded to 80 grit. The next step was to shape the curve on the front with my trusty spokeshave (its not that trusty. I’m not good with hand tools, but I’m learning).

Hal recommended sanding the seat at this point all the way to 1000 grit (abralon pads). It was cool to see the result, but next time, I’ll wait to do that amount of sanding. It was a ton of work, and I ended up ruining the surface later on in the build and had to redo it anyway.

Here is a photo of the seat after being sanded to 1000 and rubbed with mineral spirits:

Next, the curve along the back was cut and the edge rounded over on the router.

And finally the curved shape along the edges was cut on the bandsaw resulting in:

Here is a time-lapse video of the carving process:

-- Marshall -

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#1 posted 11-07-2015 02:44 AM

Hello Marshall,

I have built 4 of Hal’s chairs (i.e. his design). 2 Walnut, 2 Cherry with exotics for the back braces. Looks like you are doing a fine job. Its a pretty cool build I must say.

Keep at it.

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#2 posted 11-07-2015 09:19 AM

Looks great so far. Like the accent of lighter wood in the middle of the seat.
Looking forward to read more about the project!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#3 posted 11-07-2015 07:02 PM

Hey Marshall,

I’m REALLY looking forward to the rest of your build. One of these rockers has always been on my bucket list. I respect the courage it took to tackle a project of this magnitude. You’re doing a great job on the build and the blog.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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