|Project by Dan||posted 01-24-2013 01:03 PM||2626 views||0 times favorited||16 comments|
I’m a long time fan of the site, just signed up today and this is my first humble project submission. I am a huge fan of woodworking and love the site and I love to see what everybody is working on.
I play guitar (pickin’ and a grinnin’) and other than dining room table chairs there is a severe shortage of chairs at my house that I can sit in and play guitar. So, inspired by the Kenny Chesney song, “Old Blue Chair,” I decided I wanted a comfortable rocking chair that was armless so I could sit on the porch and play guitar.
This is my first rocking chair, and I know it is a long way from a Maloof. I didn’t have any rocking chair plans or designs, but I did a lot of reading and looking at Maloof’s chairs for inspiration as well as the work you guys do on this site.
Construction is completely from two 2×8’s and thin laminated poplar boards for the rockers. Total cost is about $30. I used cheap wood because I was looking at this project as practice and am very surprised that I came out with a product that actually resembles a rocking chair. The joints are not 100% Maloof, but they are Maloof-ish, and reinforced with dowels. The back supports are floating and rotate on its axis, so when you sit, the supports mold to your back somewhat. I hope to eventually figure out how to bend a lumbar curve in the back supports, but hey, one step at a time.
My next project will be my first commissioned project. It will be a rocking chair with arms as ordered by my expecting wife who thinks that an armless rocking chair is ridiculous. I will invest in a little better stain grade wood for the next one. (I’m in South Mississippi and not even sure where you go to buy higher quality wood, so any suggestions would be great!)
I may eventually paint this one, but am having trouble deciding on which way to go. I know the rules are completed projects only, but this chair is just for me, and will not be showcased anywhere in the house, so it maybe complete or it maybe not.
One thing for certain, I have caught the bug and hope that I will be back in the future with more projects!
-- Dear God, Thank You for wood putty...Amen.