50 Years of Procrastination (Folding Rocking Chair)

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Project by Chips posted 775 days ago 3267 views 13 times favorited 19 comments Add to Favorites Watch

No! No! No! Life interfered. Skills had to be developed. Tools had to be bought. Shop had to be built. etc.

The truth is that I have had the parts to the walnut chair for over 50 years. My grandmother’s brother rough cut the parts. When he died his wife gave the parts to me. There I was a 10 year old with a wooden apple crate full of partially shaped parts.

The only woodworking tool I had was a scroll saw. It is a wonder that I still had the box. Now that I have a shop and tools, it is time to put this project behind me. I added a lot of new skill set to my knowledge building this project. Turning, Penning, Routing matching parts, upholstery and etc.. A lot of these skills I learned on LJ. Thanks for the inspiration. Special thanks to Tom Criswell for the turning class and LJ GaryK for the blog on pattern routing.

Looking back it was probably this project that got me so deep into woodworking. Thanks Uncle Gip and Aunt Bill. You started me on a path of enjoyment.

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 775 days ago

A. I love projects with a story. Makes them more special.
B. A beautiful project it is. Gorgeous job!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 775 days ago

Those are beautiful and such a neat idea. Do you have a plan for them?
I have been wanting to build folding Adirondack chairs, but these look more usable!!


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

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#3 posted 775 days ago

You can sure be proud of those rocking chairs they are beautiful.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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#4 posted 775 days ago

They sure turned out beautiful, so you have learned your lessons well! These are sure to be heirloom chairs and I guess they already are in fact. They are the first folding rockers that I can remember seeing.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#5 posted 775 days ago

They turned out great after all those years ;-)

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#6 posted 775 days ago

great things take time,,,excellent job

-- ElmoSr,Ga. Life is Hard by the Yard,,,But a Cinch by the Inch

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#7 posted 775 days ago

awesome! I’ve never seen folding rocking chairs.

-- RD

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#8 posted 775 days ago

Well worth the wait! A great story.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 775 days ago

Nice, very nice. I’ve seen this type of rocking chair before but they were nowhere near as good looking as yours. I’m also looking to build some folding rocking chairs but the one I want to copy is more for the campsite. No rockers, the motion is achieved by geometry. So you can rock and fish at the same time. I’ll send you a photo of it if you like John.

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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#10 posted 774 days ago

Magnificent job. Memories created and remembered by projects are such a blessing!
I’d love to see a set of plans, too.

-- Rod ~ There's never enough time to finish a project, but there's always time to start another one.

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#11 posted 774 days ago

Beautiful work! I too enjoy a good story that often accompanies a project. Congrats!

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#12 posted 774 days ago

ps, congrats on the Top 3!

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#13 posted 774 days ago

Sorry no plans are available. I made a sketchup drawing but durring assembly I had to relocate a bunch of holes and shorten the rocker. So it is not a workable drawing.

Thanks for all the intrest. I learn from you. Thanks John

-- Make every day the best day of your life. Chips, Mississippi

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#14 posted 774 days ago

These are Beautiful,
Better rework that sketch-up drawing and start selling, IT!
Nice work.

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#15 posted 773 days ago

These are even nicer now than when I seen them Chips. The fabric really makes them stand out.

I apologize I didn’t get out to your place this past week. Last week turned out to be much worse (health wise) than I had anticipated. Please let me know next time so I can try again.


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