Adirondack Rocking Chair

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Project by Phil B. posted 01-18-2016 05:53 PM 2107 views 21 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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 !!!

-- Phil, DWG files at

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#1 posted 01-18-2016 06:47 PM

Very cool….....I will be investigating these plans.
Must be a woodworker thing because like you, I have CDO….....It is very similar to your OCD except mine is in alphabetical order…....they way it should be.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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Phil B.

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#2 posted 01-18-2016 07:18 PM

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#3 posted 01-18-2016 09:12 PM

Great job, looks very comfortable – perfect for a front porch (or back deck). Thanks for sharing.

-- Leafherder

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#4 posted 01-19-2016 01:49 AM

love it , nice build

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#5 posted 01-19-2016 02:35 AM

Thanks guys. Damn cold up here in Canukistan….but the chair will be on the dock soon I hope !

-- Phil, DWG files at

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#6 posted 01-19-2016 03:25 PM

It’s a nice rocking chair and looks very comfortable.

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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#7 posted 01-19-2016 05:52 PM

Great looking chair… I will have to pick up a set of those plans for the deck this summer.

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Phil B.

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#8 posted 01-19-2016 05:58 PM

Thanks guys….just working on the instructions now, and Eddie is working on the CAD files for me. Should be ready for sale in all formats and sites sometime in February. I will post the links here when completed.

-- Phil, DWG files at

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#9 posted 01-19-2016 06:28 PM

Very nice addition to Adirondak design.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#10 posted 01-20-2016 12:47 AM

Great looking Adirondack—love the rocker aspect of it!

-- Dean

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#11 posted 01-21-2016 01:25 PM

Cool! What an interesting take on an old standard. Looks great !

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#12 posted 01-22-2016 07:50 PM

Thanks guys, I appreciate the input. I think I will convert it to my three child plan sizes as well.

-- Phil, DWG files at

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#13 posted 01-23-2016 12:54 AM

Look forward to the fullsized plans when you have them available.

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#14 posted 01-31-2016 10:42 PM

OH! I will be stopping by your site for a set of these plans!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#15 posted 02-02-2016 01:01 AM

Thanks Boys….won’t be too much longer. It shouldl be a nice addition to the rest of the furniture on your front deck Kelly.

-- Phil, DWG files at

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