Rocking Chair for Neighbor

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Project by Alongiron posted 01-28-2012 06:19 AM 1528 views 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I Made this Rocking Chair from a plan that I found from Wood magazine. This is the second Rocking chair that I had made from this plan and I made it as a gift for my Neighbors that are having their first Child. I do not sell any projects that I make..they are only for my use or for gifts. This was made from some QSWO that I purchase rough sawn from a local sawmill. I used a dark oil on it and finished it off with a couple 3 coats of Shellac and a coat of paste wax. I purchased some nice leather from the local fabric shop to finish off the seat. I apply all my finishes by hand. I brought it over tonight and they were really excited! Just wait till junior comes….and wants a bottle at 3:30 in the middle of the night..they may not be so excited over the rocker!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#1 posted 01-28-2012 07:19 AM

Beautiful job!!!! You must have really put some time in on that finish. Looks great but it must have been time consumming doing the slats and chair runners. How did you apply the Shellac? I wold be afraid to use Shellac with all those joints and 90 degree angles. With my luck it would get tacky on one piece before I got back to it on the adjoining piece. but, that’s what separates you good wood workers from us wood butchers….......LOL.

Really nice job!!!!

-- Wood is a gift from God/Nature that maintains its beauty forever via the hand of a woodworker.

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#2 posted 01-28-2012 07:39 AM

a great looking chair nice work.

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#3 posted 01-28-2012 11:53 AM

One of the great project. I think the beginners woodworkers should try this to improve their skills. I’ll recommending this project on my blog. Thanks for a great post.

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#4 posted 01-28-2012 01:48 PM

Nice job. Which issue were the plans in?

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#5 posted 01-28-2012 03:12 PM

Oh yes … share as many details as possible. I would love to try something like this.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#6 posted 01-28-2012 03:34 PM

It’s a very nice chair and a wonderful gift. I’m sure that they loved it.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#7 posted 01-28-2012 03:54 PM

Very nice rocker, your a good neighbor.

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

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#8 posted 01-28-2012 03:56 PM

Here is a link to this plan that I purchased from Wood Magazine. I actually bought a book that Wood Magazine published called “Arts and Craft Furniture” from Amazon used for like $5.00. It is a great book with alot of nice techniques and plans. To make sure you are looking at the same one..there is a picture of the rocking chair on the middle left side of the cover. I use a Danish oil on all my projects which I usally apply before I glue up the project this way I do not get any glue marks. Anyway…..I finish it off using shellac from Bullseye right out of the can using a 2” foam brush. Let it dry for maybe 1/2 hour and apply another coat. I follow this up with a light sanding of 400 grit sandpaper and add another coat. Sand one more time lightly and rub in a coat of paste wax..let that sit for about 20 minutes. Here is my secret weapon…I take a thick pair of wool socks and put one over each hand and just rub it out by hand. Good luck to each of you on this project. It is a good lesson in mortise and tenon joints, bent lamination, and Upholstery but if I can do it…so can you!

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#9 posted 01-28-2012 04:00 PM

Here is a link to the book that I purchased.

You can buy this book for about $7 used or just the plan for the rocker for $11

-- Measure twice and cut once.....sneak up on it! Steve Lien

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#10 posted 01-29-2012 06:19 AM

Beautiful work. I made one similar to this a few years ago for a niece to rock my grand-niece in. Now I’m thinking about making the grand-niece a child sized rocker of her own.
I think you just gave your neighbor a rocker that will be used for generations to come.

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#11 posted 02-03-2012 12:48 AM

Great job on that rocking chair!!!!!!

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#12 posted 10-18-2012 05:54 PM

Great work on the rocker and side table. I love the style!

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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