|Project by TechRedneck||posted 06-19-2011 04:38 AM||1443 views||5 times favorited||1 comment|
My father in law is a woodworker and would make little rocking chairs for his great grandchildren when they were around two. He is getting up in years and has finally decided to “pass the torch” to a younger generation. My daughter’s baby needed a little rocker like her big brother and this is what I came up with.
I came across a whole pallet of milled ash from a local molding company. I have made several projects with this ash and it finishes nicely with nice grain pattern. It is 3×36x3/4 which is nice for glue-ups.
I thought about M&T joints but decided on dowels. After researching various doweling jigs, I decided to get the Jessem jig and was very happy I did. The jig is very accurate and easy to use and this was the first project that it was used on. The boards for the sides were all glued square then the curves were cut with the band saw and roughed in with the spindle sander. The rockers are one solid piece that was roughed in with the band saw then custom fit to the rockers with the sander and finally tuned with some nice sharp chisels.
All the edges were then run through the router table using a round-over bit. All parts were run through the drum sander then hand scraped with the round edges getting a light sanding. The back has her name routed at the top. Final assembly consisted of glue and screws counter sunk and plugged (time was running short at Christmas) it was given four coats of hand rubbed oil finish with 24 hrs between coats.
-- Mike.... West Virginia. "Man is a tool using animal. Without tools he is nothing, with tools he is all.". T Carlyle