Rocking Chair for my Granddaughter

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Project by Don posted 04-14-2013 07:56 AM 1589 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made a chair like this out of cherry for my first granddaughter and when my son’s daughter came along I had to make her a chair also. This one is walnut – lots of mortise’s and tenons, but the second one went together a little faster.

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#1 posted 04-14-2013 11:15 AM

As they say, a picture is worth a thousand words. Don, you simply posted the photo and said what it was.

I saw a stunningly beautiful rocker and family heirloom created by your own hand. This is my fist post here. I joined to comment on your chair. I am a carpenter who has never taken the time to truly learn the art of fine joinery. I use my talents and efforts to make money, and fine joinery seems to me to be a tough way to earn a living considering the automated manufacturing processes which are now so ubiquitous.

Your grand daughter. Your son. These are considerations that go beyond earning money. (To a degree at least) what a joy to know that these gifts will be reminders of a loving patriarch later in their lives.

I have got to build some furniture using traditional joinery. I always wanted to, but never took the time. Well… Anyway… Great job and a lovely heirloom.

-- Support woodworking hand models. Buy me a sawstop.

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#2 posted 04-14-2013 12:12 PM

Great craftsmanship. I’m sure your granddaughter will cherish this for a long time.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 04-14-2013 12:50 PM

Beautiful rocker Don, very well done.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#4 posted 04-14-2013 01:03 PM

Thank you for your kind comments. It’s very enjoyable seeing the little grandchildren get a book and climb in the chair and set back in it to read it.

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#5 posted 04-14-2013 02:41 PM

Looks like she APPROVES! That’s the best reward of all

-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#6 posted 04-15-2013 12:57 AM

Great job on this rocker. Grandchildren’s projects are the best as they always seem appreciative. I have 3 Teddy Bear Rockers under construction at this time.

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

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#7 posted 04-15-2013 01:53 AM

great looking rocker. I’m sure it will be a family treasure for years to come.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 04-15-2013 07:50 AM

Great job. Love the craftsmanship

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#9 posted 04-15-2013 09:10 AM

That’s a beautiful chair. You chose the wood well, and as others have said, the joinery looks great. Are the rails under the seat made with haunched tenons? Just a guess, looking at where they’re through. It looks great.

-- Robb

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#10 posted 04-15-2013 02:20 PM

Yes they are haunched tenons. The side ones had to fit over the front ones.

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#11 posted 04-17-2013 01:27 PM

Fantastic rocking chair! Like the beautiful design and the great joinery. This will be enjoyed by many generations, truly a family heirloom. Great work!

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