|Project by alholstein||posted 12-22-2015 06:08 AM||811 views||1 time favorited||4 comments|
This was my attempt at making a rocking chair. My original goal was to make a traditional Maloof rocking chair, but didn’t know if I had the skill and patience to make one. I looked on the internet for modern rocking chairs and found a style that I thought I could make. However along the way the style changed from what I saw. I am happy with this one as a prototype and will make some minor modifications on the next one.
The suspended seat on the back was a modification that I made different than anything I saw pictured. I hope that the dovetail and 3 inch screw will past the test of time.
The wood is mahogany recovered by a friend from an old pool table body. So I had a lot of holes to work around. I was able to miss most of then, however had to fill a few with plugs.
I bent an 1/8 dowel to get some of my curves for various pieces and used the first piece as a template for the matching other side. I used an existing rocker to get the pattern for the rocker, because I didn’t know how to design the proper curve on my own.
It looks a little dangerous to sit in, as it tipped back more than the usual chair. That is because I hadn’t figured on the weight of the seat changing the center of gravity. I had only set the legs on the floor when trying to determine how I wanted the seat placed.
It is quite stable and safe, however.
-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"