Rocking Chair

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Project by tenontim posted 05-03-2008 05:59 PM 2928 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is one of four Rockers that I made for the front porch of our new house, that I started building over 2 years ago. They are a little on the large size, but so am I and I like to be comfortable when I’m relaxing. I based the design and dimensions off of an antique rocker that I had in the shop for re-caning. I just squared up the parts, the original was all turned. They’re made out of Ash and have flat reed seats, woven in a heiring bone pattern. I finished them with tung oil, tinted with a sandalwood tint, then finished with varnish. The seats have several coats of a boiled linseed oil and varnish mixture.

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dennis mitchell

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#1 posted 05-03-2008 06:13 PM

Nice work! Did you do the seats yourself?

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#2 posted 05-03-2008 06:13 PM

Extremely nice. I know it took a lot of patience to make 4 of these.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#3 posted 05-03-2008 06:18 PM

Very well constructed and beautiful.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 05-03-2008 06:35 PM

Thanks everyone.
Dennis, yes I did the seats. My father used to do chair caning of all types and that’s something he passed on to me.

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#5 posted 05-03-2008 06:39 PM

I really like the woven seat and back, was it difficult to do? I can imagine your front porch is very inviting now…..I would like to make a bench swing one day, althogh I don’t have enough overhang on the roof above my deck. I remember my grandparents had a couple rocking chairs and a bench swing on thier porch when I was young, the chairs and that squeaky screen door that would close with loud crack each time someone came in, didn’t need a door bell back in those days… Anyhow…wonderful chair

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#6 posted 05-03-2008 07:19 PM

Nice job Tim. What better project is there for a woodworker than a rocking chair? You need the space to relax and think about the next project.

Now how about a chair for the Mrs?

-- There is no such thing as scrap wood!,

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#7 posted 05-03-2008 08:13 PM

Tim A great looking chair. When we go to Cracker Barrel I always sit in a rocker in front for a while. Never made one though.

Looks great

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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Tim Pursell

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#8 posted 05-03-2008 10:43 PM

Great chairs Tim. I wish I knew how to do caning like that. Any chance of a blog about that??


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#9 posted 05-03-2008 11:24 PM

Thanks again, Guys. I recane chairs as a sideline, in between jobs or during glue or finish drying sessions. Next time I get one of this type to do I will photo the progress and post it.

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Scott Bryan

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#10 posted 05-04-2008 01:33 AM


This is a really nice rocker. If I were passing by I would have to sit down and relax- it looks so inviting.

Thanks for the post and the construction blog on the caning would be interesting as well.

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

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#11 posted 05-04-2008 06:12 AM

Very nice rocker. You did a beautiful job on it. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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#12 posted 05-04-2008 06:35 AM

Good looking rocker – sure looks inviting. Bet it would even fit my big bottom :-)) Did you buy some plans are or is it your design? If you bought the plans, where did you get them? I really like this chair.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#13 posted 05-04-2008 02:21 PM

Bill, this design was loosely based on an antique rocker that I re-caned. It was a large rocker and fairly comfortable, so I made it a little bigger and altered the style, to meet my non-turning criteria for building furniture.

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#14 posted 05-04-2008 02:34 PM

I’m like Carson. Sit in many of them. Built “0”. I’m sure I’m a much better sitter than a builder of one of these. Looks great. I know it was a difficult project, but after the third I bet the forth was easy.

-- JJohn

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#15 posted 05-05-2008 01:00 AM

Nice work Tim!

Looks like a lot of work in one of those.

Easy to see where you get your nickname.

Very nicely done.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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