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Project by Norman1 posted 08-28-2011 01:06 AM 2407 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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SASmith

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#1 posted 08-28-2011 01:11 AM

Great work. Did you follow Hal’s plans?

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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rmac

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#2 posted 08-28-2011 01:24 AM

Whoa, Nelly! That is one beautiful chair.

—Russ

-- My table saw laughs at hot dogs. http://thesorteddetails.blogspot.com/

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Norman1

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#3 posted 08-28-2011 01:42 AM

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

-- Michael A. Norman

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Oakfan

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#4 posted 08-28-2011 01:48 AM

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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rance

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#5 posted 08-28-2011 02:31 AM

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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Norman1

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#6 posted 08-28-2011 02:35 AM

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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CKM

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#7 posted 08-28-2011 02:55 AM

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

-- CKM - Minnesota

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MShort

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#8 posted 08-28-2011 03:04 AM

Beautiful !!!

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

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#9 posted 08-28-2011 03:22 AM

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

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

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Michael1

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#10 posted 08-28-2011 03:35 AM

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, http://www.scicaskets.com

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gfadvm

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#11 posted 08-28-2011 04:25 AM

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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Eric in central Florida

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#12 posted 08-28-2011 05:11 AM

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

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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Andy123

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#13 posted 08-28-2011 05:19 AM

That is really nice.

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

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Greg..the Cajun Wood Artist

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#14 posted 08-28-2011 05:32 AM

Great looking rocker. Very nice….

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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58j35bonanza

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#15 posted 08-28-2011 05:52 AM

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

-- Chuck

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