|Project by Wendy||posted 08-18-2013 01:36 AM||902 views||1 time favorited||7 comments|
So first off I must admit that this chair is a cheat. Because I do not yet own a lathe, this is the Woodcraft child rocking chair kit. So my effort in this project was more “paint by numbers”. Nonetheless, this was a fun build from the perspective of finishing. The kit arrives sanded to 120 grit, which actually was a good 120 grit sanding… Thank you Woodcraft for doing a decent job on that. I proceeded to sand up to 320 before painting and sanded at 400 between paint coats. The paint in General Finishes Milk Paint in Antique White and Sage Green. The lavender is on of those paint tester sizes from the local hardware shop. Love the General Finish products and the Milk Paint did not disappoint. The green paint went on with little fuss and only required 2 coats, with touch up once the chair was together. The white took 3 coats with touch up. I wanted more of an old fashioned look , so I hand painted the pieces.
In regards to the kit – here is a mini review. There are no instructions, which would be a bummer for a beginner. Anyone with moderate experience would not have an issue though. The only hardware needed is 16 screws to secure the seat slats, but no hardware is included in the kit. For $120 the screws should be thrown in Woodcraft. In regards to the wood, it is nice overall quality, but the color variation was such that I was glad I chose to paint from the get-go. Getting an even stain would have been difficult. On the positive side, the parts were very well machined with a nice tight fit and accurate. There was no fiddling around with getting every thing lined up, so it was easy to put together.
The best thing about this project is that my niece will enjoy it for years to come, and when she finally outgrows this one, I will make her a grown-up size. By then I might have my own lathe.