Rocking Chair Repair

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Project by sugarpine posted 930 days ago 1329 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This chair came to me with both arms broken at their attachment points, the right rear leg was in three pieces, the rocker was broken in half and every joint was loose. Nothing like a challenging repair to idle away a long day in the shop. The biggest challenge was reproducing the leg. It required a bottom tenon and three mortises, one of which was at a 15 degree angle. Lacking a mortising machine, I did the mortises by hand after drilling a series of adjacent holes. A good excuse to sharpen up some chisels.

The owner had just refinished and upholstered the chair before the tragedy. The chair was postioned too close to a low fireplace mantle. When he rocked forward to get out of the chair, the top of the chair stuck under the mantle and the chair self destructed. He now gets to start all over.

-- sugarpine

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#1 posted 930 days ago

You did an excellent job repairing that rocker. Looks great!

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#2 posted 930 days ago

You truly are the chair doctor and you patient has recovered so well. Very fine work.

-- Custom furniture

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#3 posted 930 days ago

Nice repair.

-- Bob Egbert AKA Sandhill

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#4 posted 930 days ago

Great job! Can be very time consuming.

-- I have Carrie, food, shelter, and wood to turn. What else do I need?

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#5 posted 930 days ago

Thanks for sharing your rebuild job. I like the design and shape of this rocker. thanks for sharing it with us.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 918 days ago

great job! please post before photos as well :D


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