|Project by lobro4||posted 09-27-2015 03:36 PM||1051 views||1 time favorited||5 comments|
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. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SveP71RLs4) 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. (http://finewoodworker.com/building-a-simple-rocking-chair.html) The outside edges of the rear least legs and three outer edges of the front legs are tapered using a jointer. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SveP71RLs4) 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.
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