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Project by FJPetruso posted 03-30-2008 07:22 PM 2901 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made these Children’s rockers from purchased plans & gave it a bit of extra by hand carving their names on the back. It started out as two rockers for my grandsons… Then my eldest daughter wanted a couple for her friend’s kids… Then daughter #2 wanted a couple for her husband’s nieces… Then etc. etc… I’m sure you’ve all been there too! It’s part of the fun of woodworking.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#1 posted 03-30-2008 08:05 PM

Frank…. you bet your bib-by I’ve been there with 18 grandchildren, These are quite Nice though I can see why their in demand, Very Nice touch with the Names on them…reduces friction that way, you know what I mean….your brother in woodworking John

-- Your Brother in WoodWorking John, Pittsburgh , PA.

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#2 posted 03-30-2008 08:22 PM

Great chairs and carvings.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#3 posted 03-30-2008 08:43 PM

Good work, these are really nice.

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#4 posted 03-30-2008 11:31 PM

how special!!!
And have you signed them anywhere? Your gr-great-grandchildren will love looking at your name on them when they pull them out for their children.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#5 posted 03-31-2008 03:21 AM


This is a great post. Our skills as woodworkers are a gift. What better way of showing appreciation for this gift than to share our talents with family and friends.

You did well here.
Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#6 posted 03-31-2008 04:55 AM


Yes, I “sign” all my work with the brand that is on the icon that you see by my name.

LJ sure is a neat place… Everyone is interested & interesting & No one is affraid to share their tips & methods. This positively has to be one of the best places to go on all the NET.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#7 posted 05-09-2008 04:17 PM

Frank, you’ve got my attention with those rockers! Where can we get the plans? I’d like to build a few. Thanks!

-- Randy, Tupelo, MS ~ A man who honors his wife will have children who honor their father.

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#8 posted 05-17-2008 04:33 AM

Randy… I searched for the plans on the NET & can’t seem to find them anywhere now… If you send me your mailing address I’ll make you some full size paterns off of the templates I made & mail them to you. The chair sides, seat & back are made from 1X12s & the rockers are made from 2X6s. The pieces are wider than a 1X12 so there is some gluing involved… That is unless you want to spend more for wood that is wider. I also found some good clear 2X10s real cheap at Lowes & ripped then down for the rockers. So as you can see there are lots of options in the wood that you can use.

By the way…. I now have 6 more of these rockers in progress & 4 of them are already “claimed” by someone.

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#9 posted 02-22-2009 07:45 AM

nice rockers – (Cora is my daughters name)

-- Mike - Columbus, Ohio

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#10 posted 06-25-2010 05:33 AM

More little nieces & nephews and friend’s new arrivals… More Rockers!

-- Frank, Florissant, Missouri "The New Show-Me Woodshop"

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#11 posted 06-25-2010 05:46 AM

Very good work Frank

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#12 posted 09-23-2010 10:15 PM

These are so much like two that I built for my two daughters around 30 years ago. They loved theirs then just as much as your grandchildren love the ones that you have built for them now. You have done an excellent job on those chairs. Thanks for posting this.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 10-05-2010 05:18 AM

I would love to make one of these for my Grandson.

-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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