Rocking chair

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Project by Airspeed posted 04-02-2013 10:39 PM 1198 views 1 time favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finished this a few days ago. I built it for my daughter to rock my new grand daughter. I had never built a rocker before but she wanted one. I used pine only because I have a lot of it! I didn’t think pine would be strong enough so I ripped it into 3/16” strips then glued and clamped them in forms I made for each piece. The pine is so much stronger laminated than it was before, heavier too. To hollow out the seat I ran it diagonally across the blade in my table saw then fine tuned it with an angle grinder and a flap type sanding disc. I used dowels interlocking joints where I could. It’s way stronger and more rigid than I expected. I gave it to her on Easter.


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#1 posted 04-02-2013 10:47 PM

Looks great and sure she loves it. But I dropped my Laptop turning it to see the pictures.

Congrats on the grandbaby.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 04-02-2013 10:49 PM

I didn’t notice that! Now I can’t figure out how to turn them!


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#3 posted 04-02-2013 11:07 PM

From what i can see it’s a great chair.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 04-03-2013 12:23 AM

Wow, that is a great looking first rocker. I am currently making my first chairs and I think rockers are a step up from chairs. My hat is off to you!

-- Art

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#5 posted 04-03-2013 12:25 AM

Thanks guys! I really appreciate it!


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#6 posted 04-03-2013 12:58 AM

Fantastic Rocking Chair!!! Will last for generations!!!

-- "Choose a job you love, and you will never have to work a day in your life."

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#7 posted 04-03-2013 01:32 AM

Great build on that rocker and ingenious using the TS to scoop the seat out. Now if you can explain how you stuck it to the wall like that? Velcro?

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 04-03-2013 01:41 AM

“Now if you can explain how you stuck it to the wall”. That my friend is a secret! It’s a new device I just finished, as soon as my patent attorney files I will share my secret!


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#9 posted 04-03-2013 02:04 AM

Hi AirSpeed
I have an amazing similar story. My daughter is expecting in about three months, she asked for a rocking chair so I am working on it now. Unfortunately I choose a difficult one (Sam Maloof’s) and I hope it will be ready on time.

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#10 posted 04-03-2013 02:44 AM

Goldiesg, thanks! You’ll get it, I was actually a month behind when I got started and lost a lot of time when my Unisaw motor let out its smoke right when I needed it most. Fortunately my grand daughter is only two months old and will require rocking for some time still! Thanks again!
Emily, two months

Charlotte, 4.

I know they’re not made of wood but I’m showing them off anyway!

Funny, they were both asleep and it the same position


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#11 posted 04-03-2013 03:00 AM

Beautiful chair. It should be around for a long time.

-- I never finish anyth

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#12 posted 04-03-2013 03:08 AM

You made her a nice heirloom.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#13 posted 04-03-2013 03:14 AM

Thanks mbs, it’s funny how you start thinking about things like that as you get older. I just turned 50 and want to build each of my kids some nice things to remember me by when I kick it, I know I have time (knock on wood!) and don’t stress about aging at all but I want them to have something to make them smile when they think of me. Thanks again!


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#14 posted 04-03-2013 05:29 AM

Congrats on the new grandchild. Great job on the chair. Im sure she will cherish it and pass it on to one of your grandkids

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#15 posted 02-23-2015 08:13 PM

I know this post is older but I sure do like the chair! Did you have plans when you made it? You spoke of laminating pine, what pieces did you laminate? I assume it was the rockers, the back slats and the arms correct? Thank you in advance and have a wonderful day!

-- Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might. Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil. -Ephesians 6:10-11

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