The Three Bears

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Project by gfadvm posted 04-18-2013 08:33 PM 1803 views 13 times favorited 38 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These were fun projects to make and I think the granddaughters will love them. They are made from old growth Doug Fir I salvaged from their great grandfather’s barn which was built in 1958. I modified the plans (Wood Mag, Dec, 1993) to make the seat 1 1/2”, the arm rests 1”, and the bear back 5/8”. I also narrowed the rockers to 1 1/2” as the ones in the pics in Wood looked really ‘clunky’ to me. I made a template of 1/8” dry erase board to route the ‘faces’ . The most difficult part was making the mortises for the bear to fit in in the seat and in the back arch. Finished with rubbed on shellac.

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

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#1 posted 04-18-2013 08:35 PM

I can see some grandaughters liking them. They look nice

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#2 posted 04-18-2013 08:37 PM

Looks like darn nice chairs. Granddaughters should love them.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 04-18-2013 08:39 PM

Beautiful chairs Andy. You have raised the “bear” on kids rockers!

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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#4 posted 04-18-2013 08:45 PM

WOW! Just awesome.

You must be the most prolific member. I’m jealous.

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#5 posted 04-18-2013 08:52 PM

love em , they will be enjoyed

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#6 posted 04-18-2013 09:11 PM

Fantastic project for the granddaughters…The only unfortunate part is that kids grow so fast and before you know it they will be too big to sit in them…hopefully they will one day be used by your great granddaughters and their….

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#7 posted 04-18-2013 09:13 PM

Very nice Andy…...lucky girls…..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#8 posted 04-18-2013 09:33 PM

Those are just too cute! Your granddaughters are going to love them and they’ll no doubt become family heirlooms.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#9 posted 04-18-2013 09:33 PM

really cute chairs. I’m sure the grand daughters will really enjoy them Do you have plans for a Papa Bear rocker?

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 04-18-2013 09:39 PM

Love these Andy only problem is I have no idea where to start making a radiused half lap . Great paws , and the legs seem to blend into the rocker. Good job

-- mike c

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#11 posted 04-18-2013 09:46 PM

This won’t be the only generation that will enjoy them.

-- Chance Four "Not Just a Second Chance"

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#12 posted 04-18-2013 10:34 PM

Goldilocks would be proud to sit in that…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#13 posted 04-18-2013 11:09 PM

Showed the photos to my 13-year-old who is now very upset with me for not having taken up the craft in time to make her something like these. Great set, Andy. These will be heirlooms.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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#14 posted 04-18-2013 11:15 PM

Awesome job Andy! Love the craftsmanship and detail. Im sure the grandkids will cherish them for many years to come. Congrats!

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#15 posted 04-18-2013 11:27 PM


Family heirlooms fo’ SHO’ !

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