Kid's Rocking Chairs

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Project by Dave T posted 1568 days ago 1206 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to post a completely finished project. My first official commision job. 3 walnut rocking chairs for a guy I work with. These are modeled after an small rocking chair he had growing up. He wants to give these to his grand kids that hopefully they will pass on. I made a few changes to the design of the chair, the arms were not sturdy and over the years had been repairs multiple times, so I did them entirely different. I also changed the shape of the legs a little, the length is still the same but the shape came off the lathe a little different. He liked the prototype I blogged about several months ago, so these followed the same basic principles and design choices.

Thanks for looking

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#1 posted 1568 days ago

Nice work. You might debate a handle in the top, cuts down the class a touch, but they will probably get less of a beating.

-- Will in Boulder, CO

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#2 posted 1567 days ago

Nice job, thye should be happy with them.

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

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#3 posted 1567 days ago

Excellent work Dave. I like the design.

-- Uwe

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#4 posted 1567 days ago

they turned out great!

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 1566 days ago

Wow your really rocking out. nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 1560 days ago

I like them , I would like to make one for my nephew , what are the dimentions ? could you send the basic to my messages , many thanks .

-- Do you like it here or would you rather be working ? .

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#7 posted 1559 days ago

mcchairs: I built these kind of by the seat of my pants and didn’t take final measurements. Rough dimensions are:
Rockers 1 1/4” X 1 1 1/4” X 23
Legs blanks (before turning) 1 1/4” X 1 1/4” X 9
Seat 12” square before I cut out the pattern
Back posts (before turning) 1 1/2” 1 1/2” X 10
Back middle 1/4” X 5” X 10
Top rail ( has a slight curve so I made it thick and resawed it to 3/4”) Blank was 1 1/2” X 5 X 13

Finish was 3 coats of Minwax tung oil finish

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#8 posted 1558 days ago

Thanks Dave ,I will post a picture when I make my first .

-- Do you like it here or would you rather be working ? .

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#9 posted 1419 days ago

Looks great, and sturdy. What is the thickness of the wood you used?

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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