Child's Rocker

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Project by gilbo posted 08-27-2013 06:10 AM 3702 views 54 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The design for this rocker was given to me by Sam, a woodworker in Port Alberni, BC, Canada over 20 years ago. The patterns sat around in my locker for 15 years before I decided to make one. This is a puzzle design that has no nails screws or fasteners of any kind. I have built 3 so far and each is improved a little over the last one. This one was made of solid white oak, that wasn’t so white after all but I preferred it that way. The chair is VERY solid if the interlocks are tight and I has pictures with multiple kids trying to destroy it with no success.

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#1 posted 08-27-2013 10:13 AM

This is something my kids would go nuts over, especially my oldest son since he likes a good puzzle. I might have to try my hand at one of these

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#2 posted 08-27-2013 10:56 AM

What a great looking rocking chair and all held together with that one wedge…awesome.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#3 posted 08-27-2013 11:05 AM

Nice looking chair. This is a very cunning design also.

-- You have not really lived until you do something for someone who can never repay you.

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#4 posted 08-27-2013 11:29 AM

Great job! I really like how the rabbit figures are worked into the design.

-- Chris K

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#5 posted 08-27-2013 11:55 AM

Great chair. My wife likes it so much has said could I make one for the Great grand son would you mind if I use the idea.

-- Derek, Kent, UK,

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#6 posted 08-27-2013 12:19 PM

Great design for young children! The oak looks so much better than plywood.

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

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#7 posted 08-27-2013 06:01 PM

Would you be willing to share the pattern or know where it could be purchased reasonably?

-- “Always take a banana to a party, bananas are good!” - Tenth Doctor

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#8 posted 08-27-2013 08:32 PM

This is a great design! My kids could spend hours with this! I just hope one of my them doesn’t pull the pin while the other is sitting in it!

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#9 posted 08-27-2013 09:23 PM

It is another outstanding wood project . The choice of wood is also really beautiful. Nicely executed.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#10 posted 08-28-2013 12:01 AM

I love it! Very well done and a project I’d love to tackle. I’m with BuzzBate – will you share the pattern?

-- Just because you can, doesn't mean you should. However, when you can, you should with wood!

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#11 posted 08-28-2013 12:13 AM

increible muy hermoso felicidades

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#12 posted 08-28-2013 12:27 AM

Thank you all for the nice comments, you’ve all made my day. I’m sure Sam, who sent me the original pattern would be proud as well. Sam passed away some years back but I’m sure he would have loved to know that his work was shared and enjoyed by so many. In the past I have traced my MDF templates on to construction paper but I’m not sure how to get the patterns out on Lj. Any ideas?

-- You have all the resources you need, no matter what you may believe.

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#13 posted 08-28-2013 03:21 AM

Awesome! Love it. I would love to get a copy of the patterns if you would not mind sharing.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#14 posted 08-28-2013 04:06 AM

You did a fantastic job on that rocker. Nice design too.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#15 posted 08-28-2013 04:21 AM

To get a pattern onto LJ you could draw a scaled grid over pictures of the parts. Try to make the grid squares equal a standard measurement, such as 1”. Then people could use a full scale grid to draw free hand their own pattern.
If that is to difficult you could give the main dimensional measurements. Heights, widths, and radius of the curves.
I would appreciate having the demensions and or a pattern so please try to make it available.

-- Les B, Oregon

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