Black Walnut Rocker

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Project by gerrymorrell posted 1985 days ago 1545 views 5 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This rocker uses a lamination to the upper back leg post to give a gentle curve to the outside of the post.The
armrests also are laminated. The crest rail uses loose tenons to join it to the back leg posts. I like to use a tenon
to join the arm to the back leg post as seen in one of the pictures.


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#1 posted 1985 days ago

Absolutely gorgeous, Gerry!

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

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#2 posted 1985 days ago

Very very nice rocker. Those smooth curves definately make anyone wanted to touch and tenderly rub it.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 1985 days ago

That is beautiful. I love the walnut. I have been debating on what kind of wood to use for a curio I am planning to build and I think you made up my mind. Thanks for sharing

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#4 posted 1985 days ago

That is a very nice rocker. Did you use a plan or is it your own design?

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#5 posted 1985 days ago

That is one beautiful chair! thanks for posting it

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#6 posted 1985 days ago

Ron, the chair is of my own design heavily influenced by Maloof. I will draw a full scale side view for each new
design. I will use the drawing to make template for some parts. For each chair I make a template for the back leg
post, the back spindle, and the side view of the arm rest.


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#7 posted 1985 days ago

This thing’s a beauty.

So when making a chair like this, how are all the parts shaped?

-- --Bob

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#8 posted 1985 days ago

WOW, that is magnificent! beautifully flowing elegant design and execution!

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#9 posted 1985 days ago

Rareddy, the shaping of the chair parts begins on the band saw. I will use the template to to shape the back leg
post on the router table. A 4-1/2 grinder with a sanding disc is used to rough shape most of the parts before
I start to use my Nicholson rasps . I do not use router bits for shaping. I use router bits for the joints only.
By sculpting with these tools I can get a lot more shapes than using router bits for shaping the edges.
After the rasping I use a sanding block with 60 grit sand paper to smooth where ever I can, then sand by hand
with 60 grit.


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#10 posted 1985 days ago

Great looking rocker…thanks for sharing.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#11 posted 1985 days ago

Great job – it almost looks too beautiful to sit in while at the same time looking like it would somehow be rude not to settle down into its caressing arms. Hope you get to reap the rewards of your efforts for a long time in the comfort of this great looking chair.

Did you do the sculpting with a shinto rasp, pattern makers files, power grinder or some other technique/tool?

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#12 posted 1984 days ago

Great looking rocker. The Walnut looks so rich and warm, makes you want to run your hands over it.
I love the way you blended all the joints.

Thanks for posting

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#13 posted 1984 days ago

Excellent, a real beauty!

-- Bill, Florida

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#14 posted 1984 days ago

Rock on! Beautiful!

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#15 posted 1983 days ago

it is beautiful.. great work

-- making sawdust....

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