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Project by Gwjames posted 02-22-2015 07:01 PM 957 views 2 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I finally finished the rocking bench with removable cradle for my sister. I am still stretching my woodworking legs more and more everyday. when I started this project I had very little experience and the more I did and the more I researched the more I learned. looking back there is a lot I would have done differently but I am happy with how it looks. I used mortise and tenon on everything except for the rocker bottoms and the front of the arm rest, I used 1/2” through dowel rods for those. please give me your feed back I would love to hear it.

-gary





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ScottMorrison

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#1 posted 02-23-2015 03:52 PM

Very nice work Gary. I love the concept of a Nanny Rocker and think you did a great job capturing the old world look with new craftsmanship. Well done.

-- Scott Morrison, Montana, http://www.finewoodworker.com

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#2 posted 02-23-2015 03:57 PM

Thank you, when I was asked to build this for my sister, I didn’t like the idea of spending countless hours building something that would only be used for a few months then sold at a yard sale, that is why I designed it in such a way that once the child is old enough, the cradle can be removed and the rocker will become just a normal rocking bench.

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#3 posted 02-24-2015 02:30 PM

Nicely done Nanny Rocker, Gary! What size is the cradle and how is it secured? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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#4 posted 02-24-2015 02:54 PM

You did a really fine job on this. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 02-24-2015 04:46 PM

thank you guys, off the top of my head I don’t remember the outside dimensions of the cradle, I know the inside length was 21 inches, so it was just shy of 23 inches in length and I don’t remember the width, I mainly remember the inside dimensions because i was finishing the rocker as the baby was actually born, i didn’t think to take into consideration how big a baby was when it is born and i just made the cradle about half the length of the seat. well come to find out my niece was born at 19 inches, so i had a good two inches of room, so i got lucky (thank god).

originally my plan was to secure the cradle to the seat for the underside with wing bolts going up through the bottom of the seat and epoxying nuts in the bottom of the cradle. well, i started to think about all the work i put into the seat and i really didn’t want to drill holes in it that will be very noticeable, soooo instead, since i was in a time crunch, i used my router and put a slot in the backside of the cradle for a strap to go around the bottom chord of the back rest and back through another slot in the cradle. it turned out really nice and i like it, all except for the fact that i used a nylon strap, like i said, i was in a time crunch. i think it takes away from the old fashion look. if i still had it or if i had more time then i would have used brown leather straps, i feel like that would have really set it off. anyway, it is complete and no matter what i do i will always want things done differently haha. its the nature of the beast. thanks for looking at my project.

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#6 posted 02-24-2015 06:02 PM

I like the slot and strap idea! Much better than holes in the rocker seat. A coworker wanted me to make one for her. I told her it was beyond my ability right now (of course the version she wanted was the Maloof-style).

-- God bless, Candy

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Gwjames

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#7 posted 02-24-2015 07:34 PM

I would love to build something maloof style, I love how it all is carved, but I don’t know If I quiet have the patience for that kind of work… I think one day I will try a standard maloof rocking chair but I need a good band saw first.

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