Rocking Glider (first project)

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Project by Philip posted 06-21-2011 02:09 PM 1431 views 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this glider a few years ago for my wife’s birthday. I got the plans from the U-build website. The spindles were dowels and the arm-rests were more box-like- so those are some modifications I made.

It is made of white oak and stained to more of a mahogany tone, because back then I liked the “dark-red” look. This was my first project and at the time I was working as a maintenance carpenter. I thought working as a carpenter would be awesome while I was at school, and really was hired to SAND and repair hideous particle-board furniture.

Whenever I got the chance I would ask the full-timers to show me their secrets and help me build something here and there. I had envisioned a “Maloof-style” rocker and of course they were like- no way! I figure they didn’t want to waste their time, so I set out to build this semi-boxy glider with help here and there. This was probably back in Nov. 2007 and at the time my wife was a little ticked and would have rather I spent more time with her than on this chair.
Now after having our first baby (9mo. old son now) I think that opinion has changed, since the rocker has saved our sanity more than once!

I learned a lot with this project. The carving on the headrest is made with a router template, and the spindles were done on a legacy mill. The hardest thing for me was attaching the tiny spindles to the very thin 3/4” board-wow! Now I know why the plans called for a solid arm-to-seat attachment. I learned how expensive wood is, that things take 10X longer then you originally thought, but it’s worth doing right!

I still have that Maloof-bucket list project and will get to it sooner or later!

-- I never finish anyth

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#1 posted 06-21-2011 02:54 PM

Welcome to Lumberjocks. great first project, and having been there for the delivery of my 6th great grandchild,
a daughter, I can understand what you mean about a rocker saving your sanity, but looking at the picture
of you holding your son, I think you have learned the truth of the old saying, “I would not give you 25 cents
for another one, but will not take 2 million for the one I have.” Hope you enjoy your stay at Lumberjocks.
Thank you for sharing, now I have to go play in the workshop, a certain 6 year old great grandson wants me
to help him make a rocking chair, so I have to go get it cut out and sanded and ready for him.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#2 posted 06-22-2011 12:36 AM

Hi nice rocker love the carving great first project
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#3 posted 06-22-2011 10:30 AM

Wow what a great chair!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#4 posted 06-22-2011 11:53 AM

Really like the spindles. Nice job. Obviously you found time for glider and wife (note 9 month old son). Congrats on all the above. Watch those little fingers around the glider (from my own experience as a kid).

-- If I had more money, I'd have more tools

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