|Project by lobro4||posted 02-16-2016 10:20 PM||1672 views||10 times favorited||12 comments|
A sculpted rocker made especially for my sister. She’s one of the grandest people I know and I can’t wait to get this to her. It warms my heart to think of her comfortably rocking while she looks out over downtown Boston with a book in her hand. If I can but make her happy for one minute I have done well.
I used many videos and references to plan my build. First off was watching the Rocker Build on The Wood Whisperer. At the heart of this frame is the Montana Rocker by Scott Morrison—using his plans and video. The headrest is fashioned after the plans for Hal Taylor’s rockers. Five pieces of wood are coopered and then the final assembly cut to size. I especially like how this orients the grain vertically in the headrest. The back splats are bent lamination and are a bit over 1/2” thick. These are fashioned to look similar to what is found on Hal Taylor’s or Charles Brock’s chairs. To make the sculpted ends, I turned the splats on side and ran the ends over a dado blade to a stop block and then used a doweling tool to make the spindles. This a pretty cool little tool but a guy can wear out a wrist joint with the twisting it takes to make 12 spindles. For the arms, I enlarged the patten that came with the plans and sculpted the top and bottom surfaces using a horizontal crown molding bit. For the seat, I used Charles Brock’s “Big Smile Seat” construction—again using coopering. I sculpted the seat using a method demonstrated by Mario Rodriguez in August 2013 Popular Woodworking. I modified the technique a bit to allow for the scoop created by the Big Smile construction. The rockers are bent lamination. The build is from Mahogany. Everything sanded to 220. Color is provided by 2 coats of Watco Danish Oil Dark Walnut. This is then coated with two layers of Tried and True Oil-Beeswax with a good buffing.
Thanks for looking.
Scott Morrison Fine Woodworking Montana Rocker
Hal Taylor Rockers
Charles Brock Chairmaker
Lee Valley Dowel and Tenon Cutter
MLCS Horizontal Crown Molding Bit
Chair Scooping by Mario Rodriguez
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