Rocking Chair

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Project by Norman1 posted 1089 days ago 2319 views 14 times favorited 33 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a walnut rocker with cherry and ash accents. The ash is used in the back braces for additional strength and the cherry is an accent piece in the rocker. The rocker is finished with 3 coats of Deft Stain and Finish wipe on oil. The back braces and rockers were cut into thin strips then laminated in a mold to hold their rough shape then cut on a band saw and shaped by hand to final dimension. The seat, arms and rockers were shaped with a grinder and by hand.

-- Michael A. Norman

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#1 posted 1089 days ago

Great work. Did you follow Hal’s plans?

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#2 posted 1089 days ago

Whoa, Nelly! That is one beautiful chair.


-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs.

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#3 posted 1089 days ago

I did follow Hal’s plans and I copied his forms and jigs too.

-- Michael A. Norman

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#4 posted 1089 days ago

WOW !!!! What a beautiful chair. What a work of Art. Darn nice job …..... Thanks for letting us take a look.

-- It's not the breaths U take but the moments that take your breath away !!

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#5 posted 1089 days ago

I was about to ask if that was Hal’s design. Nice job on the chair. Did you take a class from him or just purchase the plans? I’d love to go to his seminar.

Rance(in Stafford)

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#6 posted 1089 days ago

I went to his class and was able to make the jigs and copy his templates during the seminar.

-- Michael A. Norman

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#7 posted 1089 days ago

That is a beautiful chair and great workmanship! I’m not familiar with who “Hal” is can you point me at a website. Building a rocking chair is a goal of mine but have no idea where to start! Thanks for any info!


-- CKM - Minnesota

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#8 posted 1089 days ago

Beautiful !!!

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

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#9 posted 1089 days ago

That’s really something else! Great use of grain.

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

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#10 posted 1089 days ago

Thats some really nice work. I seen one of these chairs in person once and it was the most comfortable rocking chair I ever sat in. The way the back slats turn and mold to your back is awesome. The joinery on these chairs is phenomenal. Nobody will ever admit to me how many hours they have in building one. I bet it is over 500

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina,

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#11 posted 1089 days ago

This is possibly the nicest rocker I have ever seen! The grain is spectacular as is the contrasting ash and cherry. You definately hit a home run here. I am very envious of your skill.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#12 posted 1089 days ago

Great job Mike.
The grain patterns and color are spectacular!

-- Having fun...Eric

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#13 posted 1089 days ago

That is really nice.

-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#14 posted 1089 days ago

Great looking rocker. Very nice….

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#15 posted 1089 days ago

This is just beautiful! How long did this take you?

-- Chuck

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