Rocking Chair Build - Due Oct 5 #7: Shaping the Arms

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Blog entry by Marshall posted 12-01-2015 03:24 AM 917 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
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Next up was to shape the arms. Again, credit goes to Hal Taylor and his plans for making this build possible…

The arm blanks are the two wider boards right in the center of this photo:

The first step in shaping the arms is to put a cove in the blanks to form the curvature where your arms rest. This was a really interesting operation—one that I never wouldve thought to attempt.

I built a jig that slides along a board clamped to my table saw. The jig holds the arm blank in place and slides it laterally across the blade to create the cove. I created a time-lapse video of the process:

The rest of the process was pretty straight forward. Just cut the pattern out and round over the edge. The results are below. I’ll show how the arm was connected to the front leg in a future post…

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#1 posted 12-07-2015 06:46 AM

That is pretty cool! Thanks for the video. I’ll have to try that.

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