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Project by okwoodshop posted 09-02-2011 03:36 AM 1376 views 2 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

finally got around to making somthing in the shop again. This is from the biggest Mulberry tree I ever saw. My Moms neighbor had it cut because of the mess it made on her back porch. I only got some of the large limbs as they left the lowest 20 ft and did not cut because of a fence growing in it.





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Michael1

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#1 posted 09-02-2011 05:31 AM

Very nice chair!! I have never built a rocker before. I hear they are quite nerve racking and a whole different level of woodworking.

-- Michael Mills, North Carolina, http://www.scicaskets.com

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sandhill

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#2 posted 09-02-2011 07:09 AM

Nice, I just started to get into chairs again and I am in the process of building one Nice job how do you like working with Mulberry?

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techjoey

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#3 posted 09-02-2011 02:34 PM

Nice work on the chair… I’m also curious how mulberry is to work with… Were the seat and back slats cut or sanded to shape or did you steam and bend them?

-- - No design is perfect - That's why pencils have erasers -

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Dale

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#4 posted 09-02-2011 02:54 PM

Nice rocker Duane, its good to see you back in the shop.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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B13

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#5 posted 09-02-2011 03:24 PM

Nice! rocker. could you show a close pic. of the wood? thanks!

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okwoodshop

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#6 posted 09-02-2011 03:58 PM

thanks for the nice comments everyone, Mulberry is a lot like sassafrass,just a little harder than poplar,sands easy and doesn’t burn to bad unless you really bear down on the sander.This wood had several defects since it was from the limbs and I used super glue to fill the cracks and voids but I wanted to leave the knots and cracks that weren’t to bad for character.I have a pattern for the seat slats and back slats and just cut them out,these are only porch rockers and I don’t put the same amount of time in them that you would a maloof style or other indoor rocker. Once you have made a couple of these and get all your patterns tweaked you can make one in a couple of days.Dale, good to hear from you ,yea my garden dried up so maybe you will see me on here some more,I am going to send you something so watch your mailbox.here are some pics up close of the mulberry

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drewm873

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#7 posted 09-02-2011 06:45 PM

Very nice! I like! :)

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Spoontaneous

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#8 posted 09-04-2011 02:19 PM

Don’t reckon I have ever seen a rocker made from Mulberry. I used to eat the berries though. My wife would love this. When we first married she shared this ‘vision’ of hers where we were retired sitting in our rockers on the front porch. So every year for our anniversary I have a tradition of giving her a different miniature rocking chair. She thinks it ‘sweet’, but I really do it so I can keep count of how many years we’ve been married, in case she ‘tests’ me. Anyways… really nice rocker you’ve built!

-- I just got done cutting three boards and all four of them were too short. (true story)

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#9 posted 09-05-2011 04:06 AM

The rocker has some very nice grain lines to it. Wonderful job

-- Norman

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