My rocking chair.

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Project by firefighterontheside posted 09-28-2016 02:08 AM 1508 views 5 times favorited 37 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My friend Monte said, let’s build rocking chairs. I said, OK. I wanted mine to have contrasting woods. I always like walnut and maple together. I had just enough 8/4 walnut cut on my friends Andy’s mill. I found a local supplier with some 8/4 silver maple that was pretty cheap. I watched hours of videos by various builders, including the man himself. I was helped by all the videos and one book. This was the longest project I’ve ever undertaken. There was a long break in there called summer, but once the kids went back to school I got back to work. I laminated the slats with a walnut in front and back. The rockers are white oak on bottom, 3 maple in middle and walnut on top. The finish is a mix of BLO and oil poly rubbed on. Then some wax to finish up. There are many flaws that I did not sand out. I sanded and sanded and sanded. Still didn’t get off all the grinder and bandsaw marks. I’m very happy with the chair. Thanks for looking.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#1 posted 09-28-2016 02:14 AM

Beautiful rocking chair, my friend. I like the contrast between woods. Elegant design as well.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#2 posted 09-28-2016 02:28 AM

I still think yours is better than mine. Great job my friend.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 09-28-2016 02:34 AM

Absolutely gorgeous, you have really inspired me and you have really something to be proud of here, a family heirloom to be sure. Congratulations on a stunning build.

-- There are good ships and there are wood ships, the ships that sail the sea, but the best ships are friendships and may they always be.

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#4 posted 09-28-2016 02:35 AM

Very very nice. I really like the contrasting woods too.

-- AP--I thought growing old would take longer.

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#5 posted 09-28-2016 02:55 AM

Beautiful job, Bill! Those curved back slats just line up so well. Very handsome build.

Did you document the build via pictures or video? I’d be interested in seeing those if you have ‘em.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#6 posted 09-28-2016 03:04 AM

Thanks all. Don, here’s what I have.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#7 posted 09-28-2016 03:23 AM

awesome build ,love it

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#8 posted 09-28-2016 04:08 AM

very nice chair, one of the hardest things to build in my estimation, first class

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#9 posted 09-28-2016 04:27 AM

Bill, your finished project is simply beautiful! I love everything about it. Wish I had the talent to build one even close to it.

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#10 posted 09-28-2016 04:37 AM

Wow is the best I can do. This is very impressive. Rockers are tough to do.

-- jack -- ...measure once, curse twice!

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#11 posted 09-28-2016 04:55 AM

Nice job Bill. Really like the different laminated woods, look good together. Well done sir !!

-- Mark -- Really we're not crazy, just "Limited Editions" -- --

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#12 posted 09-28-2016 07:32 AM

Awesome work Bill!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#13 posted 09-28-2016 07:53 AM

Great job! Well done.

-- It always looks better when it's finished!

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#14 posted 09-28-2016 10:36 AM

Beautiful work Bill! The contrast really makes it pop.

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#15 posted 09-28-2016 12:20 PM

Thanks Eddie, Brian, Bob, Jack, Mark, Bob, Jim and Jeff.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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