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Project by okwoodshop posted 1759 days ago 1199 views 1 time favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was lucky enough to find an osage tree large enough for this project,(biggest one i ever saw), after drying for a couple years i thought it ready and dove in. For some reason my moisture meter would not register at all on this wood. Oak and cherry right beside it read just fine??? Anyway it seems to be dry enough. this is my first osage project and it is a different kind of wood for sure. I would like some advice on finishing the chair. i was thinking maybe a satin poly but i want the wood to darken over time, ( it almost glows when fresh). My grand daughter sure likes it.





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Dale

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#1 posted 1759 days ago

That is a very nice rocker, great job. I never saw anything made from osage. Where did you get the plan, or is it your own design.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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woodpeckerbill

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#2 posted 1759 days ago

Great looking rocker. I would suggest using super=blonde shellac. Get the flakes and mix your own with D.N.A. It is very forgiving to work with, acts as a sealer and a top coat. Dissolves into itself just as laquer does. When all done with that, let cure a spell, then give it a good waxing. I work alot with osage orange from time to time. Get it from downed trees. Ain’t bad to work,sure is different. Real pretty wood. You really did yourself proud on this rocker.
Bill

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Mike Gager

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#3 posted 1759 days ago

is that a hal taylor chair? i saw the other 2 chairs you have in the chess board project, they all look great. i love the use of alternative woods

have you tried to sell any of the rockers youve made?

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okwoodshop

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#4 posted 1759 days ago

thanks to everyone for making me feel welcome, the rocker is another step in trying to do it right. I have been all over the internet trying to get info on rocker making. I started out making the mission rockers but i like the wood seat and curved lines better, I intend to start building rockers like sam maloof, hal taylor,bill kappel and others as soon as i study them a little more. Laron Algren has been a big help also. I have never used shellac but I plan to try several finishes on some scrap , would it allow the wood to darken naturally or does it have a tint of it’s own? maybe some bow makers have used alot of osage. someday i would like to order books ,videos, templates from some of the chair makers above but for now i will have to guess and reguess as for selling my family usually gets my stuff unless friends or neighbors order something,

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Innovator

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#5 posted 1759 days ago

Beautiful work.

Looks great!

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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Huckleberry

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#6 posted 1759 days ago

Awesome rocker! Love that you made it out of Osage. And the Maloof style is one that I wish I could try and pull off. Good post!

-- Something that goes unnoticed will never be remembered.

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huff

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#7 posted 1759 days ago

Great looking Rocker. Very nice and welcome to LJ’s.

-- John @ http://www.thehuffordfurnituregroup.com

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 1759 days ago

that’s one fine chair super work it looks great

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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WoodyG

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#9 posted 1758 days ago

Love what you have done with OO…I made fence posts of it when I was a kid on a working farm. LOL…
I found a company in my area that handles the product line of “Mohawk Paints” and they have experts and product to get you through about anything or so it seems to me…I am still an amatuer, however.
Good Luck
WoodyG

-- WoodyG

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daveintexas

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#10 posted 1757 days ago

very, very nice chair. You did a great job on the rocker.
It looks like you tried to match up the grain on the arm rests, thats a very nice touch.

Osage orange will naturally darken and turn a warm brown. As for finish, I would use a “witches brew” type finish. Rub on about 3 or 4 coats. That should give you the protection and enhance the beauty of the wood.

One other thing, if you are going to make a beautiful chair like that, you need to change the name of your material to bois d’arc. Its sounds much more interesting. LOL

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DaytonB

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#11 posted 1754 days ago

Great job man. I grew up in SE Kansas and Osage orange, or hedge as everyone in that area calls it, is one tough wood and probably the most common around there. I built a lot of fence post with it and we burned a lot of it for heat. Dad’s favorite recurve bow is O.O.

It won’t matter what finish you use, the wood will darken to a warm golden brown no mater what.

The finish I like to use is a wiping varnish (aprox 1/3 poly. 1/3 boiled linseed oil, 1/3 100% tung oil) it’s very easy and leave a great satin sheen. wipe it on and wipe off all the excess. About 5-7 coats, one/day, will do it.

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okwoodshop

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#12 posted 1754 days ago

daytonb, that sounds like what i am looking for. i will let you know when its done and thanks to everyone

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Karson

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#13 posted 1754 days ago

Beautiful rocker. nice job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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