|Project by Matthew Morris||posted 09-09-2015 07:58 AM||2556 views||9 times favorited||25 comments|
This project has been on my wish list for many years and I’m excited to have finished it! This iconic rocking chair is packed full of great Greene & Greene details, from its recessed carvings to its silver inlay and cloud lift patterns.
For nine months I worked in SketchUp and created prototypes in preparation for this build. The rocker I built varies slightly from the original, which was designed for a person standing around 5 feet tall. Mine has been scaled up and features an increased seat height and slightly taller back with laminated rockers.
Let me know what you think of the Rocking Chair!
Many of the original details I have kept true to:
• Housed mortise and tenon joints
• Recessed carving on the arms, rails, stretchers and rockers
• Inlaid Ebony Bars with Sterling Silver
If you haven’t seen my projects before, I film the entire building of each project step-by-step and sell them as classes online. With this in mind, I had to compromise on a few things so that a woodworker with a 6” jointer, lunchbox planer, 14” bandsaw, etc. would be able to build this project:
• The crest rail is still curved but the sweep is made from a 8/4 piece of lumber instead of 12/4
• The Center back slat is not curved at the top to match the curve of the crest rail as it enters a housed mortise
• The arm panel is not tapered along its height with a bead running down the front edge of the panel
Overall, I stayed true to the spirit of the original chair. At the bottom is a project overview video.
Here is a link to a playlist of all of the Shop Updates and various videos I released on YouTube during the building of this project. Helps to tell the story of the chair being built from full-size drawings to the final finishing: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLOPCLPGo4uMwTn47Mkgotvmkok20nVOcS
If you head over to my website and go to the page describing this project, I also have a link to the full Chapter 11 – Rear Legs for anyone to watch. This part of the chair was probably the most difficult as not only is the rear leg angled at 6 degrees, but you need to cut and shape the rear leg above where the arm enters at a negative 6 degrees so that the mortises run in the same parallel plane. Here is a link: http://www.mmwoodstudio.com/online-classes/gamble-rocker/
Hope you enjoy the pictures!
Want to know more?
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-- Matthew Morris, MM Wood Studio, Southern CA, http://www.mmwoodstudio.com