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Project by tenontim posted 04-16-2012 03:46 PM 2474 views 20 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Just finished my latest commission. Soon to be Grandmother wanted a Slant Arm Morris Chair Rocker, to go with her other Arts and Crafts furniture. Fairly straight forward, just took the Slant arm chair that I already make and added some steam bent rockers to it. The back doesn’t adjust, like the chair does, but is set at a comfortable angle. Quarter sawn white oak. Quadrilinear construction on the legs. Mortise and tenon construction. Medium dark oak aniline dye, finished with tung oil/varnish homebrew.
Leather covered coil spring seat cushion. Back and seat are cushioned with foam wrapped in down and feathers. Very comfortable chair. Finished size is 32wx39dx40h. I may have to make one for myself someday.





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Lee A. Jesberger

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#1 posted 04-16-2012 04:07 PM

Excellent job, Tim.

I bet the “boss” is happy!

Lee

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tenontim

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#2 posted 04-16-2012 04:11 PM

Thanks, Lee. My “Boss” isn’t too happy, because she’s a new grandmother, too, and she wants to keep it. Should have made two of them while I was at it.

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pintodeluxe

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#3 posted 04-16-2012 04:26 PM

Excellent work! You got the details just right. I think the color is spot-on too!

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

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Woodbridge

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#4 posted 04-16-2012 04:49 PM

Beautiful looking rocker

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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a1Jim

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#5 posted 04-16-2012 06:40 PM

Beautiful Morris rocker Tim I know soon to be grand ma will love it.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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woodworm

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#6 posted 04-16-2012 07:11 PM

Beautifully done!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Northwest29

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#7 posted 04-16-2012 09:12 PM

Very, very nice job. Great craftsmanship! How did you determine the ‘arc’ / ‘radius’ to use for the rockers?

Ron

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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Nicky

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#8 posted 04-16-2012 09:40 PM

Excellent job. You really did nail the finish.

-- Nicky

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tenontim

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#9 posted 04-16-2012 10:55 PM

Thanks Everyone, for the kind comments. I appreciate it.

Ron, I just basically eyeballed the radius. I had the forms that I use to bend the arms for my Bow arm Morris chairs and it was too shallow. I think it’s about a 60” radius. I just tightened it up some, gave myself a little extra for springback and gave it a try. On rockers, the shallower (larger radius) the rocker, the slower it rocks. Since this is a large chair, I didn’t want it to rock too fast.

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Karson

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#10 posted 04-16-2012 11:41 PM

Beautiful chair. I’m sure that Grandma is going to be happy.

-- 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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T. D. Reid

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#11 posted 04-17-2012 01:11 AM

Very nice job. Cheers Tim

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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Woodwrecker

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#12 posted 04-17-2012 01:35 AM

Boy, that’s a beauty Tim.
That is on my list of projects to try.
I hope mine comes out half as nice as yours did.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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rdjack21

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#13 posted 04-17-2012 01:35 AM

Man I love that rocker. If I ever get around to making some chairs this one is on the short list.

-- --- Richard Jackson

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NormG

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#14 posted 04-17-2012 03:05 AM

Great rocker. Never thought about the curve of the rockers like that before. But it makes great sense

-- Norman

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Luke

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#15 posted 04-17-2012 04:15 AM

Very nice job, I know how much work goes into these. I like the steam bent rockers. Made mine from larger pieces cut to shape. Not as elegant. Very good job.

-- LAS, http://www.abettersign.com

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