Adirondack Rocking Chairs

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Project by Sandra posted 09-07-2014 09:16 PM 1731 views 14 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

A good friend of mine requested a pair of Adirondack rocking chairs for her wedding present.

The chairs are made of pine and painted at the request of the bride.

I used templates from two different chair patterns I had, but had to come up with a rocker template myself. I agonized over that part and worried about the physics of the rocker not wanting anyone to tip over backward. I tried several different shapes and then settled on what you see. In the end, I’m happy with the look, although I would prefer the rocker part to be a bit longer.

Picture #4 is a pattern cutting jig I made following the plans in my bandsaw book. It’s very simple, but worked like a charm.

Picture #5 shows the front legs, which I’m pretty sure are backward. Since the legs were cut short before the rockers were installed, it didn’t matter in the end. Other than my fellow LJs, I’m sure I’m the only one who will notice.

No big box store was involved in acquiring the pine.

Thanks for looking,

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#1 posted 09-07-2014 09:19 PM

Nice rockers, Sandra.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#2 posted 09-07-2014 09:29 PM

Nice work, good job, well done
I think they look really great. I’d like to sit in one

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 09-07-2014 09:46 PM

There great, a real smile factor with
those great colours
Good design for a rocker nice line


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#4 posted 09-07-2014 09:47 PM

I see many a morning coffee & sunset cocktails….
being enjoyed in these fine pieces!!!

Ya done good….
The recipients will surely be ecstatic!!!

-- Randy-- I may not be good...but I am slow! If good things come to those who wait.... Why is procrastination a bad thing?

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#5 posted 09-07-2014 10:04 PM

Thanks folks. The bride and groom are in their 50s. Dated in college, then went their separate ways. Found each other again after 30 years.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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Gene Howe

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#6 posted 09-07-2014 10:28 PM

Those rockers are just fabulous, 74.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#7 posted 09-07-2014 10:55 PM

Nice set of rockers, are they real??? I bet the Bride will show them off on her wedding night…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#8 posted 09-07-2014 11:13 PM

So much I could say…

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

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#9 posted 09-07-2014 11:13 PM

Oh Marty!
Sandra these will be the best gifts they get.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#10 posted 09-07-2014 11:35 PM

Sandra, you did a good job on the chairs and adding the rockers. When I first read it I was saying to myself “how old are the bride and groom”. Then you answered the question in the comments and I thought that thatʻs the perfect gift. I also like the colors … they wonʻt get lost.

Also like the neat bands saw pattern jig.

Thanks for sharing.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#11 posted 09-08-2014 12:09 AM

Great looking rockers—they look very comfortable! I’m sure the happy couple will really enjoy them!

-- Dean

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#12 posted 09-08-2014 12:10 AM

Really nice rockers

-- Norman

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#13 posted 09-08-2014 12:19 AM

DITTO! What they said.

-- Still trying to master kindling making

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#14 posted 09-08-2014 12:32 AM

Beautiful, Sandra! I couldn’t understand the jig (I’m blaming the fact that I just woke up). I found it here. Now I get it. I like it! Congratulations to your friends on finding each other again! Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#15 posted 09-08-2014 12:35 AM

Very nice rockers. The curve on the rocker always bothers me. I bought a rocker pattern because I didn’t want to guess on my own.

They should love them.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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