Rocking Chair

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Project by ramram posted 2472 days ago 1487 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When we learned we were going to become grandparents I decided it was time to build a rocking chair. It was finished before he was born, but not by much. I didn’t have any plans or instructions or experience in rocking chairs, and very little in chairs at all, but it came out okay. It’s quite comfortable…I used my wife to figure out how big to make it and where to place the arms for holding a baby. Except for a thirty yeayr difference my wife and daughter are about the same size. (Pretty neat, huh?) He’s almost four now and I’m about to start a second rocker only this time I got in touch with Bill Kappel and he sent me the beta on rocking chairs. It’s a good thing I didn’t know how hard these things were four years ago…I never would have tried it.

-- Rick Hackett

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 2472 days ago

Really nice work. Who is Bill Kappel?

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#2 posted 2472 days ago

Nice work. Todd, Bill Kappel aka, The Rocking Chair Guy, is a guy that is know to make the odd chair or two. He also offers paid for and free instruction on chair making.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 2472 days ago

It really is something for a first effort. I can’t wait to see what the 10th one will look like. Very nice.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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Bob A in NJ

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#4 posted 2472 days ago

Wow, excellent work, congratulations. Very nice heirloom.

-- Bob A in NJ

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Kevin Violette

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#5 posted 2472 days ago

Nice piece! For your first time with NO plans….imagine what the next one will look like! Great job!

-- Kevin -- (

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#6 posted 2471 days ago

Hard to believe that this chair was your first attempt at chairmaking. You seem to catch on quick. Really nice looking chair and it looks very comfortable.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 2471 days ago

That’s awsome! A rocking chair is on my list of “things to make”.


-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 2471 days ago

A beautiful chair. I find it fascinating the things that can be done when we don’t know that we’re not supposed to be able to do them.

-- Working at Woodworking

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#9 posted 2471 days ago

Beautiful work—it should be an heirloom!

-- Spread love with our work

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#10 posted 2471 days ago

Outstanding! I wish I had the talent to do something like that.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#11 posted 2471 days ago

Believe me…if I do then you certainly do. Besides, I looked at some of your projects and they’re excellent. The trip up the coast looked nice also…takes me back about 35 years to when we lived in Oxnard!

-- Rick Hackett

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#12 posted 2471 days ago

A very beautiful rocker. Makes me what to hunt up my free plans that I got from the “Rocking Chair Guy” and get busy….

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#13 posted 2369 days ago

Great chair I haven’t ever gotten around to one myself and am impressed with such a fine effort!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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#14 posted 2368 days ago

Very nice rocker! I really like the wood juxtapositions.

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#15 posted 2258 days ago

Wow! That is a gorgeous rocker.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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