Olivia's Chair

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Project by lobro4 posted 09-27-2015 03:36 PM 1008 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I recently built my daughter a simple table to use as a desk and study area in her new apartment. Thus the inspiration to also provide a chair. I have been making plans to build a sculpted rocker and this chair provided a perfect forum to practice many parts of that build but most importantly the sculpted seat.
I’m not particularly artistic in the sculpting sense so I chose to use a method demonstrated by Mario Rodriguez where he uses the table saw. ( This method scoops out but still leaves a completely flat sitting platform. To help provide some sculpting I put a 5/8” riser on the front edge of the seat to make a front-to-back slope. The side-to-middle slope is provided by using Charles Brock’s “Big Smile Seat” construction. It didn’t come out perfect but I learned a lot for my next build.
The build is from Poplar. At the heart of this frame is the Montana Rocker by Scott Morrison. ( The outside edges of the rear least legs and three outer edges of the front legs are tapered using a jointer. ( Especially neat for those long and awkwardly shaped back legs. The back splats are bent lamination to a 3/8” thickness. A subtle but really neat design feature is the top rail that has the grain running vertical. (Inspired by Hal Taylor) All parts sanded to 220. The color is two rubbings of Watco Danish Oil Black Walnut. Top coat is three spray can coats of gloss poly and one final coat of satin.
Thanks for looking.

-- Rock Chalk Jayhawk Go KU!!

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#1 posted 09-27-2015 04:10 PM

Nicely sculptured, excellent work! I bet it’s very comfortable.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 09-27-2015 08:25 PM

I’ve been dying to try my hand at making a chair or rocker for a long time. I think you just pushed me over the edge and I’m going to have to give it a try.
That is very very nice work. I do like the vertical grain of the top rail back. Nice job.

-- Its a HOBBY...I already have a job.

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#3 posted 09-27-2015 09:09 PM

That is a wonderful chair and very comfortable looking.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#4 posted 09-28-2015 02:33 PM

Wonderful work. Love the way you put your own design changes into this trusty rocker. Excellent craftsmanship as well. Thanks so much for sharing it…

-- Scott Morrison, Montana,

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#5 posted 09-29-2015 12:50 AM

Beautiful! Perfecto!!

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