Arts & Crafts Rocking Chair (Finally!)

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Project by Brandon posted 08-29-2012 03:36 PM 3242 views 14 times favorited 30 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My wife and I learned in January that she was pregnant. We were elated. In February I decided to make a rocking chair, although school would prevent me from starting on it until the summer. I found some plans that I really liked in the Wood Magazine’s Arts and Crafts Furniture book (ISNB: 9781402711749). As per usual, I made a few of my own adjustments, but the basic chair is from the book. The color is Minwax’s “Early American” since it matches some of the other A&C furniture in the living room.

I was sidetracked with a few other projects around the house and for the nursery, but I finished the chair about a week and half ago. The baby is due in less than three weeks now! We can’t wait.

Some more photos:

Here’s a photo detailing the bent lamination process I used to shape the rockers.

Here’s the chair nearly assembled (lacking the armrests and rockers)

Another photo of the finished chair.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#1 posted 08-29-2012 03:42 PM

that’s fantastic. Good luck with the little one. I can see the hours of rocking to sleep now.

-- - Collecting is an investment in the past, and the future.

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#2 posted 08-29-2012 04:05 PM

Sweet! Great job. Love the QSWO. The next one will be a lot easier now that you have the bending forms all done.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#3 posted 08-29-2012 04:06 PM

You created a pretty addition to your family. Good one. Congratulations to both!

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#4 posted 08-29-2012 04:23 PM

Beautiful rocker, well done. Congratulations on the new addition to your family.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#5 posted 08-29-2012 04:24 PM

That’s a beauty. I have a feeling that your child will be rocking their child one of these years.

Good job Pops.

-- Kinky Friedman: "The first thing I'll do if I'm elected is demand a recount."

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#6 posted 08-29-2012 04:26 PM

Very nice chair and in time for a major event. I have been wanting a rocker and this one looks nice and comfortable. I am sure mom and baby will share many happy hours here.

Thanks for posting the lamination photo also!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#7 posted 08-29-2012 04:32 PM

Great chair! I built two a while back. One was for my daughter and her new baby and the other for me until my other daughter gives birth. I posted mine in my projects. They hold up very well.

I did wind up redoing the seat and making it about 4” thick which my daughter appreciated.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#8 posted 08-29-2012 04:40 PM

Thanks for the comments Don, Dale, tbone, Camero!

Mauricio, I already used the form a second time to convert a regular chair into a rocker for a friend. If you want to use it sometime, let me know.

Kookaburra, I don’t know why the lamination photo is so small on the page. I can get you a better image if you’re interested.

Jagwah—great advice on the extra padding!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#9 posted 08-29-2012 04:48 PM

Thanks Brandon – I can see it well enough to know what you did (perhaps that is my giant monitor at work!). I understand the mechanics which is what I need!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#10 posted 08-29-2012 04:50 PM

Very nice chair! Great style and color. Those armrests can be tricky – looks like you did a fantastic job.
Congrats on the little one coming!

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

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#11 posted 08-29-2012 04:58 PM

Thanks Willie—that means a lot since I’m always admiring your work!

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#12 posted 08-29-2012 05:53 PM

Good looking rocker !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#13 posted 08-29-2012 08:00 PM

Congratulations to you and your wife. That is a great looking rocker. You have certainly captured teh arts and crafts design. The QSWO looks great. I hope you and your wife and new baby enjoy this rocker for many many years.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#14 posted 08-29-2012 10:28 PM

Nice work. Congrats on the growing family.


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#15 posted 08-30-2012 12:07 AM

Wow! It looks terrific. Some complex looking stuff in there. Congrats on the chair, and best wishes for the new family addition.

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