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Project by gerrymorrell posted 1556 days ago 1765 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the latest chair I have finished. The chair was constructed of air dried Black Walnut from southwestern Arkansas. I made some changes from my last rocker I posted on the project showcase. This rocker uses six wider back spindles instead of the usual seven. I made the spindles wider as I find seven a little busy.
The wider spindle also allowed me to carve the back area where narrower upper part of the spindle joins the wider portion below. The leg to rocker joints also have a carved detail.
I took quite a few photographs when I built this chair of my construction method and how I use some jigs to aid in the building of this chair. I have a website now that also has a blog that I am going to use to share some of some of the construction details and jigs I used to build this chair with its readers. I hope you will find it interesting.


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#1 posted 1556 days ago

Thats one fine chair

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 1556 days ago


Great looking rocker. Thans for posting.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#3 posted 1556 days ago

Anyone who makes a chair is a woodworking god! Beautiful.

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#4 posted 1556 days ago

Absolutely Gorgeous! You have a very fine eye and hand for details and it shows throughout this project.

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#5 posted 1556 days ago

Very, very nice. Making a chair like this is the ultimate goal for many woodworkers (including me).

Do you know how many hours you put into this project?

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#6 posted 1556 days ago

Wow. I agree with Rich – this is an ultimate project. Simply beautiful!

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#7 posted 1556 days ago

I’ts a beauty, an airloom that should last forever. Nice job

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#8 posted 1556 days ago

Rich, I have under a 100 hours of labor in this chair.


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#9 posted 1556 days ago


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#10 posted 1556 days ago

I agree with Rich. I would not even attempt to do one.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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#11 posted 1556 days ago

Thanks for all the compliments. I hope those of you who would like to build one some day will be able to try building one some day. There are a lot more resources (plans , classes, and DVDs) than when I started to build my chairs almost 5 years ago. I hope to help by blogging about how i build my chairs. I added a post today to my blog describing how I use a jig to build cut the 5 degree tenons for the back leg joints.
I don’t offer any plans or classes but I hope my blogging about building these rockers may help some of you out when you are ready.


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#12 posted 1554 days ago

Beautiful work. Thanks for posting. Thanks also for your useful blog entries.

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#14 posted 1528 days ago

Beautiful chair!

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#15 posted 1182 days ago

This is great work. You did a wonderful job on the finish. I look forward to seeing more of your work.

-- Eddie -

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