Corrected at Last

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Project by Don posted 02-14-2008 05:33 AM 2632 views 0 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

Rocking Chair - before fix

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!"

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#1 posted 02-14-2008 05:41 AM

fantastic posting. your repair looks beautiful

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#2 posted 02-14-2008 05:47 AM

Great Don. I remember you posts and the suggestions that were made. I’m glad they all worked out.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#3 posted 02-14-2008 05:52 AM

Don, that’s a great job on the chair in the first place, and a great fix in the second place.

I am a big advocate of incorporating fixes for mistakes into the design and you did a wonderful job!

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

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#4 posted 02-14-2008 05:59 AM

Well, I missed the earlier discussion so when I first looked at the pictures of the chair I had no idea that the contrasting woods at the intersection weren’t part of the original design. Frankly, as much as I like the whole chair, your repair was my favorite part. I’d say it looks better than “fairly nice.”

-- Tom, Southwest Florida

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#5 posted 02-14-2008 06:08 AM

Great Save Don;


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 02-14-2008 06:09 AM

It’s a beatiful fix for a beautiful chair, Don!

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

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#7 posted 02-14-2008 06:21 AM

“It looks fairly nice” is quite an understatement – It look great. Beautiful chair Don, really happy that you finally got content with your beautiful rocking chair.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 02-14-2008 06:28 AM

That’s a very elegant fix for a problem. Someday, I will attempt a rocking chair.

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#9 posted 02-14-2008 07:04 AM

You are right mate. It looks great to me.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 02-14-2008 07:34 AM

GREAT JOB !!! And about time. Now I have an idea on how I can fix my first kitchen chair… the front legs are about 3/4” too short… but maybe I’ll make a rocker out of it.

I knew you’d eventually git ‘er fixed.

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#11 posted 02-14-2008 07:43 AM

some say that its not how fast you can make it that counts, its how fast you can fix what you made that counts.

It looks “Maloof”.............ish

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#12 posted 02-14-2008 01:58 PM

Great “save”.

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#13 posted 02-14-2008 02:13 PM

I know how you feel when a design you’ve worked so hard on just does not work. It’s a sick feeling & you deserve a lot of praise for working out the problem & making a wonderful looking (and working) correction. Too often I have had to totaly redo a piece that was flawed. Kudos to you for the “repair” that no one but you (and those of us you tell) will ever see. You give me hope!


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#14 posted 02-14-2008 02:30 PM

That’s a beautiful chair, Don. I’m glad that you persevered and made the fix. Is the piece you inserted joined with tenons? Forgive my naivete if it’s obvious to the learned :).

-- Robb

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#15 posted 02-14-2008 02:42 PM

well done!
I like the tip of making a feature of the re-worked section

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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