Niece's Birthday Present

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Project by Wendy posted 08-18-2013 01:36 AM 1193 views 1 time favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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.

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#1 posted 08-18-2013 02:35 AM

Sounds like there is a lathe in someone’s future. Nice project, and whatever it takes to develop one’s woodworking craft—I seriously doubt there is just one way to become a wood worker or enjoy it. Also, your niece obviously loves it, so you have a big success.

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

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#2 posted 08-18-2013 02:58 AM

Such a little cutie : ) Great chair that is obviously making her happy as well.

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#3 posted 08-18-2013 03:04 AM

@hillbillyshooter – love the handle, also love the jigsaw cabinet. This particular project is below my skill set, but was a blast because it was for my favorite mini person. YES! A lathe is in my future. The only reason I don’t have one now is cost and space. I should gain the space in January and hopefully the $ follows soon after.

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#4 posted 08-19-2013 12:35 AM

Kit or not, it turned out very well and the look on that cutie’s face says: ya done good!
I built “Teddy Bear” rockers for both my granddaughters from their great grandfather’s barn wood and got similar expressions from them!

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

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#5 posted 08-19-2013 09:02 AM

What a little love-e, you didn’t even let the lack of tools stop you. The tools will come , your a great uncle.

-- Billp

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#6 posted 08-19-2013 10:24 PM

What a cutie pie! She certainly approves!

And I’ll bet when another child tries to sit, she will show them what ”MINE” is all about!

Good for you!

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#7 posted 08-19-2013 10:43 PM

Wendy, you did a great job. Super well with the paint job.
Maybe, by the time she out-grows this one, she will help you build the next one.

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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