Mission Rocking Chair

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Project by Dusty posted 04-09-2007 01:49 AM 2241 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The rocking chair is built from red oak. I built them from a plan I had found and modified to fit my needs, tastes and preferred construction methods.

I build them with a removable seat. I do this so I can substitute a seat with a leather cushion.

These chairs are a bit of a challenge to build.

The curved backs and one piece rockers are very measurement sensitive. If your slightly off the rocker doesn’t feel right while siting in it. Worse yet it won’t rock, thus defeating the purpose.

The joints are mortise and tenon.

The rockers are attached with both screws and dowels.

They are stained using my 12 step mission process.

-- Dusty

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#1 posted 04-09-2007 01:52 AM

Great looking Rockers and chairs on top of them.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#2 posted 04-09-2007 02:54 AM

Beautiful rockers Dusty, hope things worked out between you and your neighbor. jockmike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Andy Rockhill

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#3 posted 04-09-2007 03:10 AM

Very nice! I am intimidated by chairs. How did you find out about the measurement sensitivity? I was very concerned about the comfort of a porch swing I made a while back. It turned out OK, but I took a lot of extra time on the design. I see Norm make practice pieces on NYW, but I don’t have the time or resources to do that, so I usually live with what I end up with.

-- Andy from Waukesha, WI -- A student of life

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dennis mitchell

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#4 posted 04-09-2007 03:53 AM

We alway get good work from you. Building a rocker for my girl is in my future. I think she put it in our wedding vows, but first I finish my house.

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#5 posted 04-09-2007 11:55 AM

beautiful as always!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 04-09-2007 12:05 PM


I found out the hard way. After I built the first one, with it only dry fitted I tested it. It didn’t rock of feel right.

I was lucky and was able to salvage it because it was only dry fitted. I made the adjustments and it worked out fine.

One big lesson learned was just because a plan calls for a measurement doesn’t mean it is correct or the best way to build something.

-- Dusty

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#7 posted 04-09-2007 07:25 PM

Beautiful, Dusty!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#8 posted 04-10-2007 01:13 AM

Quote Dusty: ”I found out the hard way.”

So did I, Dusty. See this post. I’ve been slowly working on a fix, but haven’t finished the repair yet. When I do, I’ll repost this as a successful project.

-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!"

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#9 posted 04-10-2007 03:38 AM


I so feel for you. Been there did that.

I learned a lot but not sure I wanted to learn that much. :)

Good luck Don, I am sure it will work out fine.

Keep us posted.

-- Dusty

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#10 posted 07-22-2007 07:39 PM

awesome finish technique. really looks antiqued.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#11 posted 07-23-2007 10:00 PM

I’m always impressed by chair builders! Very nice!

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#12 posted 09-29-2007 01:31 AM

Nicely done! Great designs too, very cozy looking setting (no pun intended) :-)

-- If I can do it, so can you.

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