Haig Dream Rocker Reproduction

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Project by Woodbridge posted 1019 days ago 2831 views 22 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

When I first saw the David Haig’s beautiful dream rocker on the back cover of a woodworking magazine I had to try and build one. He is my first attempt. Without any dimensions to go by I prepared paper skecthes and compared these to the photos to get similar proportions. I then made a full sized mock-up using foam core. Unlike the Haig original the various parts are made from bent laminations and not steam bending. Since this was my first attempt I used inexpensive pine shelving boards to resaw the laminations. The seat is m ade from a carefully selected spruce 2×8.

I have plans to try to build another one this time using steam bending and white oak.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#1 posted 1019 days ago

Wow, that looks great, nice work, love the style.

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#2 posted 1019 days ago

You’ve made a beautiful job of it. And as you say, a stunning design

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#3 posted 1019 days ago

That also is a great design. Nice job on the build.

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

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#4 posted 1019 days ago

I didnt know pine could be made into a work of art. That is not just a rocking chair it is art. Man you are definitely talented.

-- Chief Petty Officer USN(RET) 1991-2011

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#5 posted 1019 days ago

I am amazed at your ability to take a picture and figure it all out. This is totally graceful, and I’m also astounded the pine allowed you to laminate it so well. Thank you for sharing this with us

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#6 posted 1018 days ago

Very talented! how strong does the rocker feel made from the way you made It? really great! job. I have no cares for Haig.

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#7 posted 1018 days ago

Thanks everyone.

The design of course is David Haig’s not mine, so credit for the design goes to him.

The pine worked out okay. Most of the curved parts are made from about 3/16 – 1/4 inch strips resawed out of pine boards. The thickness of the various parts is 1.5 inches. For the rockers to bend so tightly I had to resaw down to about 1/16 inch. So there are about 20 plys in each rocker.

Being a “little” on the and heavy side I had to widen the seat to provide a nice confortable 21 inches between the two arms. For the next version I would make the seat thicker from 1.5 to 2 inches to provide a bit more beef after scooping the seat out. I made the back stretcher a little to thin and had to repair on of them where the the tenon joins the seat. I’d bump the thecknes up from 1/2 inch to 3/4 inche. A relative sat in the chair and I heard a loud crack. Other than that one fix so far it certainly has supported people who are over 250lbs. I’m not sure how it will stand up over the long term. Time will tell.

To get most of the dimensions, I cut and pasted a side profile picture of the Haig rocker into powerpoint, then using typical rocking chair dimensions (e:g the depth of the seat I assumed was abetween 19 and 20 inches) tried to establish the size of the various parts using that one dimension as the scale. Once I made my mock-up I photgrapghed it and pasted it along side the orginal photogragh to see if the proportions were similar and made adustment from there. I’m suspect there are software packages that would do that automatically for you.

I’ve purchased some air dried white oak , and I am off to a steam bending seminar this evening. I will be retirng at the end of this year and will be attempting to make another version using better wood and steam bending.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 1018 days ago

Fantastic rocker.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#9 posted 1018 days ago

I would never have guessed pine and spruce. That is a beautiful rocker and you are a superb craftsman. Looking forward to seeing this in black walnut???

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 1018 days ago

Excellent!! Yeah hard wood.. and maybe widen the back slats a bit and use quarter saw oak laminates, but I thinks this is amazing as is.

-- " 'Truth' is like a beautiful flower, unique to each plant and to the season it blossoms ... 'Fact' is the root and leaf, allowing the plant grow and bloom again."

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#11 posted 1018 days ago

Thanks all – I have a Maloof style rocker on my list and have the walnut for that one.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 43 days ago

A very elegant but bold looking chair.Well done!

-- A poor workman blames his tools;either he learn to use them,or find better tools.Woodwork is good work;idle hands are the devils playthings.

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