Slat Back Rockers

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Project by bearkatwood posted 11-16-2015 02:25 AM 980 views 3 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

All right, so I admit I am going to be terribly lazy with this one.
I think there are five or six different rocking chairs here. They are made out of predominately Myrtlewood, but there is some maple, padauk, sapele, walnut and koa thrown in there too. I started making rocking chairs about 15 years ago. I haven’t made one for about 3 years now and it would be fun to make another and see where I went with it. I am currently working on two lounge chairs and after that I have a list of goodies and rockers aren’t on it yet. I like making chairs with wide slats in the back as I think they are comfortable. These are all very early chairs for me, but they turned out nice. I learned a lot by watching Maloofs video and that was a big start to making chairs for me so they have his influence there. As I have grown in woodworking knowledge I have started to find my own way with things, but I am sure his influence still is apparent in my work. So here is a bunch of pictures to look at.


-- Brian Noel

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Dale J Struhar Sr

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#1 posted 11-16-2015 02:45 AM

Great looking chairs. I really like the different woods used. Nice job.

-- Dale, Ohio

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woodshaver (Tony)

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#2 posted 11-16-2015 02:59 AM

Beautiful work! So much to admire!

-- Tony C UAW, St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#3 posted 11-16-2015 03:11 AM

Too many beautiful variations to choose a favorite, Brian! Is the second one, with the divided twin back slats, curly walnut? Thanks for sharing.

-- God bless, Candy

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Yuval Eitan

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#4 posted 11-16-2015 09:31 AM

Wonderful chairs, great joinery work!

-- Knowlege is just like love - it never dilutes, only grows! Sharing it with others just strengthens it

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#5 posted 11-16-2015 10:30 AM

amazing group of “early” rockers..wonderful woods, and great finishing work..all are very interesting to look at..

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#6 posted 11-16-2015 12:25 PM

great bunch of rockers i love every one off them


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#7 posted 11-16-2015 02:07 PM

Thanks everyone for the great comments. The second rocker I called the “Beanback” and it was made from Myrtlewood that had some amazing color and figure. It was was one my favorites and turned out very comfortable. I got the wood from a local myrtlewood shop that traded me their off-cuts from milling a tree up for one of my chairs, which is the one with the b-b-q behind it and also the one with the photoshop work. I ended up getting enough wood to fill half my shop to the ceiling. I ended up selling the beaback to a helicopter pilot that worked for the coast guard here that was about to have his first child and it was a gift for his wife. Thanks again.

-- Brian Noel

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#8 posted 11-16-2015 02:33 PM

beautiful work

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#9 posted 11-16-2015 02:59 PM

Brian, I love this rocker; it’s beautiful and a great design. Nice work.

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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