|Project by Phil B.||posted 01-18-2016 05:53 PM||2728 views||21 times favorited||19 comments|
My Grandpa Adirondack plan has become my best selling plan, and many Customers have requested a rocking chair plan. This is my new chair designed from the Grandpa plans.
I lowered the seat to 14 1/2”, like the other rockers in my home. My wife at 5’ 2”, can touch flat footed and still rock comfortably without pressure under the thigh. I left the seat width at 21” for larger bodies, but for me it allows seating at a slight angle, with legs crossed. The back and arms remained the same as well. I tapered the side panels to lighten the look. The plans will be sold as a full chair, or a rocker retrofit kit for previous Customers.
The rocker pattern width and height can be adjusted to suit, but I think it is proportionate to the chair. The pattern allows for an 1/4” reduction in height, to allow for the addition of a 1/4” piece of hardwood to be added to the bottom, to alleviate wear on softer woods. You can see the poplar runner added in the close up images.
The rockers can be mounted parallel or angled in at the back, centering the legs as I have done. This is typical of rocking chairs and helps to balance the profile. I used 2×10 (1 1/2” x 9 1/2”) pine for my rockers, but dependent upon tools, one can laminate 4 pieces of 3/4” stock instead.
It took a while to get the correct balance so the front legs were perpendicular. To allow for adjustment and ease of cutting and assembly, the bottom of the front and rear legs are straight angled cuts, matching a flat surface on the top ends of the rockers….the curve starts seamlessly between the legs. This also allows for the angled profile of the rockers.
My protoype was perpendicular, but this final chair was off slightly. My OCD kicked in, and I rectified the balance by adding a 1/2” x 1 1/2” carriage bolt to the underside ends of each rocker…..presto ! The curved heads of the bolts also add a safety stopper, so my Grandson doesn’t eject his little sister off the dock into the bay !!!