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Project by Philip posted 10-10-2011 07:04 PM 2253 views 5 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this chair out of Maple butcherblock table tops that were being tossed (!!!!!!) from a classroom renovation where I work.

The chair is made from bent laminations, and is my first attempt at many woodworking techniques. (laminating, seat sculpting, compound angles, etc…)

Everything turned out fantastic!...except the fact it’s a little unnerving to sit in. Because I made the chair from photographs, and it is essentially a prototype, the seat angle turned out to be too low and it feels like you are going to fall back when you sit in it. This is due to the way the back legs attach to the seat, and the fact I didn’t have enough wood to make the seat wide enough. The seat is made from poplar scraps that were lying around the shop, and 2 nasty pieces that somone was using as car blocks.

Lessons learned: too many to write about.
Would I build it again: Maybe.
Build from photographs instead of making drawings: Never again. (David Marks was right, danget…drawings, templates, fixtures, jigs, more templates, prototypes…)

-- I never finish anyth





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B13

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#1 posted 10-10-2011 07:43 PM

Great! job. great! rocker It’s even better that you used scraps. Haig put a bad taste In my mouth.

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#2 posted 10-10-2011 08:44 PM

Very nice.

The design is intriguing.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#3 posted 10-10-2011 10:44 PM

Very impressive work. It shows real craftsmanship to achieve this on a first effort without the help of templates.

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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#4 posted 10-10-2011 11:35 PM

looks great. love its lines.

-- J Wrench Syracuse New York

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#5 posted 10-11-2011 12:23 AM

Love the rocker.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#6 posted 10-11-2011 04:06 PM

Outstanding….I love the side profile.

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#7 posted 10-13-2011 04:47 AM

great job on the rocker. I recently built ons as well, which I have just posted. I purchased David Haig’s DVD and noticed on the video that the rockers are slightly angled out from top to bottom and point inward from front to back. As well the back leg/arm portion of the rocker is also at a slight angle getting wider at the top. Except for angling the rockers inward towards the back, I did not capture these differnt angles on my attempt Were you able to figure these compound angles out?

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 10-13-2011 04:55 AM

Great looking rocker. To me the backs of the rockers seem too short. But never having seen the original. I can’t comment with any other knowledge.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Philip

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#9 posted 10-17-2011 07:21 PM

Woodbridge: I also used the DVD as a reference. All I did was try to make it look like what he does. I noticed that the jig he uses to rout the legs into the seat creates a slant/angle that I was not going to try and figure out. The FWW magazine article does not show some of the little nuances that make the chair work. As for the arms and crest-rail, I just cut and scribed and planed until they fit tight.
Karson: The rockers do look too short, but even with my seat angle being wrong and going too far back the legs don’t let you fall backwards.

-- I never finish anyth

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mafe

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#10 posted 11-17-2011 11:43 AM

Unless I guess wrong I will start by saying congrat father! The picture on your profile looks a lot like you are holding a little new, and I will be suprised if it is a hand plane…
I am impressed by your chair, and agree to do this as you go is quite a thing to be proud of, you must have learned a lot by now. I also have the child inside, this child that makes me want to try, try to do it and then look in the manual if all goes wrong.
Be a father like that and you will be wonderful.
All my best thoughts buddy,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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Philip

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#11 posted 11-22-2011 02:27 AM

Mads,

Thanks for the comments, my son is 1 year old now! Time really flies. I am a huge fan of your hand tools and the feeling you get by walking into a shop that you have built. To me this will always be better than a warehouse full of power tools that cost thousands of dollars. Keep up the posts!

Best Regards,
-Philip

-- I never finish anyth

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mafe

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#12 posted 11-22-2011 04:22 AM

;-)

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#13 posted 02-24-2012 06:20 AM

Cool mate. I was in David Haig’s workshop at the end of last year. Great guy

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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#14 posted 02-24-2012 06:23 AM

A really cool chair ,outstanding work.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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#15 posted 07-15-2014 07:20 AM

Very cool. I have been to David Haigs workshop. He is a really nice guy. Makes beautiful furniture. Nice job!

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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