Rustic rocking chair

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Project by SuperDave02 posted 01-03-2010 05:43 PM 3921 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been wanting to build a rocking chair for several years, I finally got to it, after a little confidence building from building some chairs.
This is the first sculpted seat I have tried. I bought a couple of old adze and an inshave off ebay, which really made it easy, plus the seat is cypress so it was easy to work.
The plan was to use trees that already had a natural bend in them, to make the arm rests and the rockers. It was almost impossible to match up two rockers that are 40” long. I did match up two pretty decent armrests, but the wood was green, the tenons would have shrunk after I made them. So I took an old dry log and cut out two armrests.
I glued 3 pieces of 3/4 pine together then cut out the rockers. I used a 42 1/2” radius which is just perfect for my height, or maybe more accurately for my leg length. Here is the web site adress that helped me to find the right radius. = “”

-- David South FLorida

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Rob Drown

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#1 posted 01-03-2010 07:07 PM

Looks great. Well made and sturdy. Is it comfortable?

-- The expectations of life depend upon diligence; the mechanic that would perfect his work must first sharpen his tools. Confucius, 经过艰苦的努力的梦想可以成真

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#2 posted 01-03-2010 07:24 PM

Hey great chair!! And thanks for the link!

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#3 posted 01-03-2010 08:03 PM

Its really comfortable. I think I am going to put a flat spot on the spokes where my back contacts them. Thats the only uncomfortable spot on it.

-- David South FLorida

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#4 posted 01-03-2010 08:31 PM

Looks like it’ll be around a very long while…Great job.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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Monty Queen

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#5 posted 01-03-2010 08:41 PM

Looks awesome great job.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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dennis mitchell

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#6 posted 01-04-2010 03:16 AM

Very nice job.

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