'Birdseye' Rocking chair

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Project by HenryH posted 01-24-2011 01:26 AM 2116 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

‘Birdseye’ Rocking chair

I made this chair for my wife. She is 5’ 2” so it is pretty small.
It is based on plans by Hal Taylor. I made one two years ago with the old plans. This one has a more sculpted joint between the arm and the front leg.

It is made from 8/4 Birdseye Maple. The exception is the front and back legs are made of plain Hard maple. Finish is Waterlox natural oil.
Its the first time I worked with birdseye Maple. It was expensive, very hard and did chip a little.

I did not get the best pics of this. I do not think it captures the true beauty of this wood.
It absolutly glows in the daylight!

I am convinced that craftsmanship is secondary to the quality of the wood you use.
I’m guesing I’ll get more comments on the wood than the craftmanship. It happens at home too.
Thanks for looking.

-- HenryH - PA

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#1 posted 01-24-2011 01:34 AM

WOW—- That is one GOOD looking rocker. Bet your wife loves it.

Thanks for posting.

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

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#2 posted 01-24-2011 01:53 AM

Great work; excellent design and execution, and oh by the way, that maple is nice!

-- -=Den

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Tim Dahn

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#3 posted 01-24-2011 02:21 AM

Well the close up of the back braces sure show off the wood. Was the birdseye maple any harder to work with when shaping?

You did a nice job on this chair, thanks for posting.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#4 posted 01-24-2011 02:56 AM

nice work!

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#5 posted 01-24-2011 03:57 AM

No daylight needed. It is a beauty.
How long did it take from start to finish?

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#6 posted 01-24-2011 04:45 AM

gotta say man its your craftsmanship that brings out the beauty of the wood! a true sculpture of a project i love it!

-- the journy of a thousand miles begins with a single step " Lou-Tzu"

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#7 posted 01-24-2011 04:55 AM

I love this chair! Great design, and your choice of wood is perfect!! Great pictures! Thanks for posting.

-- Glen, Pennsylvania, Colossians 3:23 "Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men."

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#8 posted 01-24-2011 05:10 AM

I think you sold it short…...The craftsmanship and the wood are fantastic! Well done and I am sure it does glow!

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#9 posted 01-24-2011 05:24 AM

Your wife is very lucky. Thats a beautiful chair.
Excellent joinery.
Not sure about the wood vs craftsmanship. I’ve seen great woodworkers make beauty from both good wood and scraps. Great wood always helps…

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#10 posted 01-24-2011 05:27 AM

From start to finish it took 11 months 24 days. I started the first week of Jan 2010 and brought it up from the basement Christmas eve night 2010.
Manhours it was probably between 80 ands 100 hours.

-- HenryH - PA

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#11 posted 01-24-2011 07:24 AM

Good things come to those who wait. no doubt you are a excellent craftsman and patient!

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#12 posted 01-24-2011 08:08 AM

You did that wood justice! I think that is the best complement one can give, that the craftsman did the best to bring out what the wood had to offer. Great job.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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Canadian Woodworks

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#13 posted 01-24-2011 03:36 PM

Your chair rocks!

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

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