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Project by Mcnervy posted 04-30-2010 03:27 AM 1719 views 4 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first rocking chair or chair
It looks better then the picture
I intended it to be a christmas present for my 2 year old
It became a birthday present as it was 4 months late
The verticle members are all african mahoghany
the horizonal members are curly maple
the arms are blood wood
It has some zebrawood plugs
I have soo much respect for chair makers
As simple as this is it was so much harder then anything else that I have build
The important part
My boy was all smiles when he got it
It took so long
that when i go to work
He ask ” you working on my rocking chair”
I used plans I bought on the net
they had 2 signifigant errors but I got thru it
Be safe and create

-- Bennett; If it can't be fixed with a hammer its an electical problem





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NBeener

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#1 posted 04-30-2010 03:31 AM

GREAT choice of woods.

GREAT project !

Beautifully done. I won’t even yell at you for making me … first … twist my head around, and … second … flip my laptop on its side ;-)

Nicely done !!

-- -- Neil

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Mcnervy

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#2 posted 04-30-2010 03:37 AM

thanks for not yelling
I just added two flipped

-- Bennett; If it can't be fixed with a hammer its an electical problem

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#3 posted 04-30-2010 04:07 AM

I won’t yell either, but I just figured out they were the same pics straight up and on their sides:-)) Then, I come down here and you freely admit it !!

Nice job on the rocker, BTW.

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

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jeremyslat

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#4 posted 04-30-2010 04:42 AM

That looks wonderful and would add a touch to any room.I would like to be able to do that. I have a long ways to go. You are truly skilled at what you do. You really have a creative mind to put those well blended colors together.

-- Jeremy, Gary,Indiana

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OutPutter

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#5 posted 04-30-2010 05:28 AM

I like the contrast of bloodwood and maple too. Tell me, do you consider the wood movement when deciding how to join the pieces together? It seems with all the pieces going every-whicha-way that there would have to be a weak point or two. I guess that’s what scares me about making a chair anyway.

Best,

-- Jim

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Mcnervy

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#6 posted 04-30-2010 12:39 PM

Jim,
Wood movement is super scary
I do have the wood going in the same direction by type the maple goes side to side and front to back
the mahoghany goes up and down
the blood wood has a screw connection to the back should allow some movement
the chair seat is attaced by clip from below connected only at the center to allow movement
But this baby might just bust apart if the day is too hot or dry or wet
I report on it if she fails

-- Bennett; If it can't be fixed with a hammer its an electical problem

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FatScratch

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#7 posted 04-30-2010 03:19 PM

That kid has one classy chair! I really like the different wood choices. I really want to attempt a rocking chair, but realize it will be challenging. I recently started thinking about building one for my little girl, as it would be smaller and maybe easier to work with. Your chair turned out great!

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Mcnervy

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#8 posted 05-08-2010 11:51 PM

Fat Scratch,
Definatly worth it
I did work from plans
Some hints
Build the side first the stretchers and the front and back posts
fit those mortices for both sides
Then make the arms and fit them
Then Double side tape both the blanks for both rocker curves
Cut only the top of the curve leaving the bottom flat and square
clamp up the sides
mark and cut the mortices in the rocker curves for the sides
then you can cut the lert to right rails and streatchers, cut the bottom curve of the rockers
and finally make and fit the seat
Thats the way I would do it now
The real key is to make up each frame before cutting the mortices in the mating pieces
It will save you alot of time.
Also dont trust plans
the ones i got had me cut a 3/4 in tall mortice for a 1.5” tennon

Best of luck

-- Bennett; If it can't be fixed with a hammer its an electical problem

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a1Jim

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#9 posted 05-09-2010 12:19 AM

Looks super very nice woods

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Mcnervy

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#10 posted 05-10-2010 03:34 PM

Thanks Jim
You are very encouraging to all of us
nice to know your out there

-- Bennett; If it can't be fixed with a hammer its an electical problem

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OutPutter

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#11 posted 05-11-2010 04:47 AM

You’re too kind… ! you meant the other Jim. (You’re right too.)

-- Jim

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