Elm Rocker

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Project by bearriverbodger posted 02-08-2008 04:23 PM 2209 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This chair was a commission for a client. The Elm cam from a local tree that had Dutch Elm and was taken down.
I have included a picture of the milling of the tree with my chainsaw mill. The seat is one piece of Elm which I dried in a home made kiln for stability. During this process the seat developed quite a curve so I decided to work with it and in the finished item you may be able to see the curve in the seat base. The 14 splindles in the back are Ash and the comb is Yellow Birch.

-- John, Nova Scotia,

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#1 posted 02-08-2008 04:31 PM

Very nice. Do you have more pics showing the process?

-- Hope Never fails

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#2 posted 02-08-2008 04:32 PM

beautiful work and great project posting.

welcome to lumberjocks !

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#3 posted 02-08-2008 04:35 PM

Hi Mario
Thanks for the comment, yes I’ll dig out some more pictures.

-- John, Nova Scotia,

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#4 posted 02-08-2008 04:40 PM

Great rocker! Looks like that chainsaw mill works pretty well for you, too.

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

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#5 posted 02-08-2008 04:55 PM

Hi Charlie M.
Thanks for the comment. Sounds like you have a Chainsaw mill too so I wondered if you have had any experience with the narrow kerf chains and bars that you see for sale. At the moment my mill has a 42inch bar and a 404 chain which is fine for the big cuts that you see in the picture but tends to be a handfull on smaller stuff, so I’m thinking perhaps a second bar/chain option (24inch) would be useful for me?

-- John, Nova Scotia,

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#6 posted 02-08-2008 04:58 PM

This is a great looking piece. I would love to see the final product. My only experience with elm was when I took several trees from my parents house and (gasp!!!!!) converted them to firewood. But that was many years ago when I was young and foolish. After seeing the wood that came out of this tree I wish I had those trees back.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#7 posted 02-08-2008 05:24 PM

Sorry, John, I don’t have any experience with chainsaw mills. I just find them to be an intriguing idea, and have often wondered how will they work.

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

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#8 posted 02-08-2008 05:59 PM

Great chair John, looks like a master job…..Lucky guy to be able to get slabs of anything that wide…I’m jealous!! LOL. Fantastic job on the chair.

-- Jim Hallada, Chesterfield, VA

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#9 posted 02-08-2008 06:22 PM

Hi John,
Tell me about the items in the background in the third pic (not that the chair isn’t beautiful, but your shop looks intriguing)
Congrats on scoring that elm!

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#10 posted 02-08-2008 07:01 PM

Hi Topapilot
Thanks for the comments.
The Items in the background are my drawhorse and a Treadle Lathe. I use the drawhorse a lot for the shaping of chairparts but although the lathe is quite capable of turning out some decent work I must admit that I mostly use it for fun and experimenting (too much work on it and you end with just one leg like Arnie!!).
I actually bought it from a fellow chairmaker and then refined the drive to make it more efficient. He did a great job of building it and was also my teacher in the chairmaking.I use an electric lathe for turned parts.

-- John, Nova Scotia,

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#11 posted 02-08-2008 07:06 PM

Hi Critterman
Thanks for the comments.
Some of the Elm were boards were over 3 feet wide! and my friend that helped me thought that it would be a good idea to mill them 10feet long! I can tell you that they were seriously heavy.

-- John, Nova Scotia,

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#12 posted 02-08-2008 08:30 PM

Great project on at least two levels. Milling the elm is way cool, and the chair looks very good, to boot.

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#13 posted 02-08-2008 09:01 PM

Man, I gotta make me a rocking chair! Great job.

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

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#14 posted 02-08-2008 10:22 PM

A beautiful chair John. And milling that elm looks to be one heck of a task. You remind me that an application has been made to the local council here to fell an old elm tree in a park. I must have a look round there next week!

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#15 posted 02-09-2008 02:11 AM

A great start and finish to a project!!

-- Woodworking is Life. Anything before or after is just waiting.--S. McQueen sort of

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