"Crown Jewel" rocking chair

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Project by bkap posted 05-05-2012 03:26 PM 2463 views 3 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my ‘flag ship’ rocker. It is made with Claro Walnut and accented with Ebony, Ivory, Burled Mesquite, Maple and my own molded glass. The front legs are my ‘ranch’ style and the rocker is positioned to a medium balance setting. Claro Walnut is one of the ‘Gun Stock’ woods used because of its exceptional beauty. It is expensive, but will worth the cost.

One close up picture is of the ‘burled Mesquite’ setting on top of Ivory. I molded the glass in my kiln using broken up salvaged glass. The plugs are Ebony and the finish is many coats of a mix of Tung oil. You can find this formula and procedure in the FREE text. You can see light through the molded glass. I do have many other designs of this molded glass. I used Maple for contrast on legs to ‘runners’ joint.

On this particular rocker I used seven, sometimes I use five, ‘Backslats’ and shaped them into, what I call, ‘full moon bowtie’. The tops and bottoms of the ‘Backslats’ are shaped in a crescent design. The center of each ‘Backslat’ is pinched in for a ‘bowtie’ look.

You can make this rocker and many others using my FREE text found on my web site at Just log in and have a look around at some other rockers. It you want the FREE text send me an email following the instructions on the web site.

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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#1 posted 05-05-2012 03:35 PM

Oh Man! This is beautiful. Congratulations on a fine job.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#2 posted 05-05-2012 03:43 PM

helluvawreck! I enjoyed your blog and admired your hand tools. Thanks for viewing my rockers and the nice comment is appreciated.

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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Jamie Speirs

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#3 posted 05-05-2012 03:51 PM

That is nice very nice

It looks like it was made from liquid then magically turned into wood

You have let the wood speak out for itself

That with the fantastic craftsmanship that makes it a true hierloom

Did I say that I like it? :)


-- 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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#4 posted 05-05-2012 09:45 PM

Thanks for showing us your artisan skills! Beautiful work from a master craftsman.

Thank you for wanting to share the knowledge. I am at minimum a year from tackling any thing so sophisticated! I will be hoping to build a livingroom suite at that time. I’ve been reading and learning about making chairs.

Information is not knowledge.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 05-06-2012 01:25 AM

what a beautiful chair, every time i see someone make a chair like this, i feel like its the project of projects, and i doubt ill ever do one, but i sure enjoy seeing others do did a wonderful job here…grizzman

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 05-06-2012 02:30 AM

Another beautiful rocker from your shop. The wood combination in perfect. Your joinery is absolutely flawless and makes this chair very special. This is my ultimate woodworking goal but I’m still not ready to tackle this yet. (maybe if Grizz would help).

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#7 posted 05-06-2012 04:10 AM

Your chairs are always outstanding. We could only dream of completing such a fine project! Thanks for sharing again.


-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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#8 posted 05-06-2012 10:52 AM

Outstanding craftsmanship. Just outstanding!

-- A childs smile is payment enough.

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#9 posted 05-06-2012 01:58 PM

Really impressive work

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#10 posted 05-06-2012 08:30 PM

Excellent. I love it

-- Back home. Fernando

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#11 posted 05-06-2012 08:36 PM

Fellow woodworkers thanks for your kind words.

Any of you woodworkers can make these rockers. You are looking at the project as a whole whereas you should think of the project one board at a time.

I can help any of you make as good or better rocker than mine. You can all cut, rout and band saw boards so that is all there is to it. I will even show you how to make the Maloof joint that is so intimidating. You will be able to make this joint perfectly using my instructions and the rest is just standard woodworking.

Send me an email and we will talk.

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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#12 posted 05-07-2012 10:37 PM

This is beautiful, the rocker seems to flow seamlessly from end to end, very nice.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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