My first born...

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Project by Zipsss posted 06-03-2008 06:36 PM 2333 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This rocking chair is dedicated to my first born: Tami.

When I started this project, I felt a bit overwhelmed by the amount of different challenges that I foresaw, and imagining the ones that I did not. I already knew that it was meant for my oldest daughter. The memories of her early days as a baby and later, growing up to this day and to this great person that she is now, and the questions that we had as parents, if we are doing this right or wrong, or the uncertainties of the future(I guess this is what parents go through with the first born) kept me going day by day and helped me to build this rocking chair by surmounting some of the problems or by bypassing some others.

I had some great idea moments and some defeats( the arms where tossed to the fire pile and replaced with new ones), but overall it was a great journey. Besides Tami, we had two more kids, and I believe that we learn from our mistakes and improve on their lives. I feel the same way about the next rocker, and I am eager for the next trip…

This chair is inspired by Del Cover, build with cherry and finished with a wipe on poly.

For a play by play go to:

-- Zipsss

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#1 posted 06-03-2008 07:04 PM

Very nice. Someday I got to give that a try but like you say chairs present so many challanges I am just not quite ready yet.

Looks like you did a good job overcoming those challanges.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#2 posted 06-03-2008 07:24 PM

Great job! Very nice photo journal of the entire process. Thanks for the post.

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#3 posted 06-03-2008 07:31 PM

This in one of the nicest rockers that I have seen. Very well done and it shows that you put your heart and soul into this piece. Rest assured that Tami will cherish this chair and will probably pass it on to her own. You have created a legacy with this chair and should take great pride in that. Way to go!

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#4 posted 06-03-2008 07:54 PM

The biggest challenge for me with this chair would be finding the patience to do it right.

Wonderful job!

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

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Scott Bryan

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#5 posted 06-03-2008 08:07 PM


This is a really nice rocker. I am sure that it was a challenge but with the experience that you gained from this build you are more than ready for the next one. (After all you have two more children and I am sure Mama would love to have one of these as well). :)

Have fun!! And thanks for the post.

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

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#6 posted 06-03-2008 08:43 PM

Great job! Very nice photo journal of the entire process.

Thanks for the post.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#7 posted 06-03-2008 10:29 PM

That’s one great looking chair! I like you photo montage.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#8 posted 06-04-2008 12:00 AM

Wow, what a beautiful rocker, Great Job!

Thanks for sharing it…and the slide show.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#9 posted 06-04-2008 01:54 AM

Wow! Good looking chair and excellent presentation.

-- Kirk H. --

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#10 posted 06-04-2008 01:59 AM

Beautiful rocker, nice job. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#11 posted 06-04-2008 02:00 AM

Congrats on a beautifull project! I like the ‘forensic’ documentation…it was fun to build it in my head. The two of you look very relaxed-was it from being finished or is the chair that comfortable?! LOL

-- Quando Omni Flunkus Moritati

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#12 posted 06-04-2008 03:10 AM

What can I say that hasn’t already been said, Maybe that my wife would love getting a tan sitting in that chair.

Thanks for the post

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#13 posted 06-04-2008 04:14 AM

Beautiful Chair

Thanks for the post.

-- Pyromedic602, free wood is always good wood

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#14 posted 06-04-2008 02:01 PM

You have inspired us all. Thanks for an outstanding post. The slide show walk through surprised me. I had to watch it a couple of times to understand a few steps. This is why I became a woodworker.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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dennis mitchell

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#15 posted 06-04-2008 06:32 PM

Looks like very good work. great post

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