|Project by Don||posted 02-14-2008 05:33 AM||2003 views||0 times favorited||25 comments|
I have previously told the story of my first rocking chair. As pleased as I was with the appearance of the chair, I was equally disappointed with its function – simply put, it didn’t rock properly. I wrote of the proposed solution here.
I soon learned that the center of gravity was too far forward on the rockers as this previously posted picture shows. You will note how upright the rocking chair sits – it should be leaning back somewhat with the contact points on the runners just ever so slightly forward of the rear rockers.
I consulted with many woodworkers for a solution but it wasn’t until William Kappel gave me some expert help that I even dared to tackle the fix.
You see, it involved cutting off the rockers, adjusting the leg length to establish the proper center of gravity and re-attaching the rockers.
I had to shorten the rear legs by 4 inches and lengthen the front by 2.75. This, of course changes the intersecting angles where the legs meet the rockers, so I was a little daunted by the process.
Bill advised me to make a feature of the re-worked intersections, because they would always show up. I chose a light Beech and an piece of Ebony to make the re-designed intersection look as though this was always my intention.
To cut to the chase, the rocker rocks beautifully, and I think looks fairly nice.
-- CanuckDon "I just love small wooden boxes!" http://www.dpb-photos.com/