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Project by knotnow posted 03-20-2013 12:40 AM 1173 views 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my second project from last summer when I finally got started with woodworking. It’s made mainly from red oak with a couple of pieces of white oak. Stained pecan and finnished with shellac. I used original vintage springs to keep that old look. I wish I could spend more time rocking in it. I’m thinking of making a couple of changes to it but have other things going on right now. Making another Shaker Clock but this time out of American Chestnut reclaimed from a 200 year old house from Pennsylvania. And I promised my wife I’d take a shot at building her a Shaker Rocker.





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Dallas

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#1 posted 03-20-2013 01:01 AM

That’s really cool! My wife has been after me for a rocker, I’m just not sure I have the skills yet.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#2 posted 03-20-2013 04:17 AM

Nice work! I have a picture of a similar rocker in a book on antique chairs, and it looks like a good project. Did you work from a ready-made plan or did you have to make your own? I think I can figure the dimensions from the picture I have, but can you tell me what the radius is on the curved piece that rocks on the platform? Thanks.

-- JohnnyB - - Sometimes determination can substitute for skill.

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#3 posted 03-20-2013 05:05 AM

I got the plans for the rocker from a book by the title ’ 49 Step-by Step Projects Woodworker’s Jackpot’ by John A. Nelson. I adapted the looks of another rocker I liked better to his plans, mixing the two and making a couple of alterations to make it easier for me. The outer radius is 14 1/2 inches, the overall length of the rocker piece is 17 1/2 inches long, overall higth of the piece is 4 1/4 inches, is 1 3/4 inch thick material, the center line for the radius is 8 inches back from the front of the piece, the inner radius is 12 1/4 inches. I hope this information helps. What I ususally do is find woodworking books at the library with plans for projects and if there is enough in a book that I like then I by the book from a popular auction site on line.

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#4 posted 03-21-2013 04:15 AM

Thanks for the information. I appreciate your help.

-- JohnnyB - - Sometimes determination can substitute for skill.

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#5 posted 04-01-2013 04:04 PM

That is the coolest rocker I’ve ever seen. Did you do all the turning? I’m not understanding about the springs and how it rocks. If you’re bored one day maybe you could take a few more pics?

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#6 posted 04-01-2013 05:58 PM

Yes, I did all the turnings, all 30m of them. The springs are a set connected to an upper and lower bracket. The lower bracket is screwed to the platform and the upper bracket screwed to the rocker, the springs hold it together in place.

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#7 posted 04-01-2013 11:10 PM

I got a copy of the book with the plan. I like your interpretation better than what the book shows. Don’t know when or if I am going to make the chair, but thanks for telling me about the book.

-- JohnnyB - - Sometimes determination can substitute for skill.

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knotnow

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#8 posted 04-01-2013 11:30 PM

I added a couple of pictures of the springs on my rocker. There are available online, search Platform Rocker Springs or find them on eBay/ I bought vintage springs at auction to help carry the vintage look as the new springs available look more modern. I was trying to find very early springs which are one large spring per side rather then the later double springs. The draw back to vintage springs are that they are a bit worn and weakened verses new springs. I hope the added pictures help.

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#9 posted 04-03-2013 06:26 AM

Thank you for the additional info and pics. It did indeed help.

-- Vicki on the Eastern Shore of MD

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#10 posted 04-03-2013 01:08 PM

Very nice piece and beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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