Christmas Crop of Child's Rockers

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Project by Ted Pagels posted 12-16-2011 03:02 AM 1795 views 1 time favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As last year’s rocker crop, this year’s are each slightly different with base framing staying the same with all doweled construction except for how the seat is mounted to the frames and a few staples for the fabric seats. I used Minwax water based varnish with final coat rubbed out with 600 grit abrasive paper along with 0000 steel wool and lemon oil as a vehicle with great satin smooth results. Remember the Reason for the Season! TJP

-- Ted Pagels, Green Bay, WI

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#1 posted 12-16-2011 03:22 AM

they look great, good work

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#2 posted 12-16-2011 04:34 AM

These are wonderful great job.

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#3 posted 12-17-2011 04:23 PM

Very nice!! Is this your own design?

-- Jack, Albuquerque

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#4 posted 12-17-2011 11:22 PM

These are nice, Ted. Every year at Christmas I get request for children’s rocking chairs. Usually too late for me to make any in time for a Santa delivery. Next year I plan to have some ready to go. Thanks for the post and the inspiration.

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#5 posted 12-20-2011 06:13 AM

The original chair design was made in 1940 by my grandfather for my oldest brother and my cousin. I used my brother’s chair as the pattern and made some changes like not using any metal. Some of the wood (oak and maple) came from my wife’s side of the family as I found it under the family cottage while repairing plumbing several years back. Shorts of 3/4” toungue and groove paneling my father-in-law saved. Couldn’t think of a better use. We now have an heirloom connection to both the in-laws and out-aws…....... Merry Christmas!

-- Ted Pagels, Green Bay, WI

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