Walnut Rocking Chair

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Project by Ron Berneburg posted 08-07-2009 03:25 PM 1863 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first rocking chair. I used my neighbors chair (made in China) as a reference. I truly thought this would be a straight , and fairly easy project. I survivde, but but I`m here to tell you I went to school on this one ! I made numerous mistakes, however being one of the many ingenious wood workers that we are, I recovered. The layman would never notice. I used 4/4 FAS Walnut rough sawn lumber, and not having a planer, or jointer, I spent alot of time, and burned some brain cells (time I have,brain cells are getting scarice) working the lumber.The profit from this one is being applied to a jointer, see I do have a few brain cells left ! I applied 8 coats of shellac as a topcoat. I learned quite alot about building a rocking chair,and myself, which is a good thing. I also made up a few new cuss words, which proberly isn`t a good thing. I had fun, learned as we all do, and hopefuly will make some change as well.

-- Ron - Would Make It 4 You

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#1 posted 08-07-2009 04:11 PM

you have done a great job on the chair, really nice, it takes some patience to make rocking chairs, and even a few new cuss words also help. I am going to start working on some Shaker style rocking chairs soon, the legs are turned, and I will make a few of my own modifications, mainly to the rockers, I am going to try bent lamination rockers, the wider rockers work better on carpet
great job!!!!!

-- Smitty!!!

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#2 posted 08-07-2009 04:20 PM

Thanks smitty, look forward to seeing yours—Ron

-- Ron - Would Make It 4 You

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#3 posted 08-08-2009 12:22 AM

nice work … hope you enjoyed yourself

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#4 posted 08-08-2009 02:41 AM

Thanks Dan

-- Ron - Would Make It 4 You

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#5 posted 08-09-2009 04:40 PM

Great looking rocker and nice choice of wood

-- Ben Kahmann Dayton, OH

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#6 posted 02-13-2010 03:46 PM

I like your rocking chair and the walnut is beautiful! I’ve made numerous childrens’ rocking chair and continue to learn on each new one. I’ve not yet graduated to adult size but hope to this year. Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#7 posted 02-13-2010 03:51 PM

Nice job with an interesting take on the Carolina porch rocker.

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-- Doug Roper Chairmaker and Instructor,

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#8 posted 02-13-2010 05:55 PM

That’s a great looking chair.

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