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Project by cathyb posted 335 days ago 1521 views 7 times favorited 29 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This sapele rocker was a commission piece. The first three photos are the sapele rocker and the last is my latest koa rocker. Even though the wood is not bad looking, I won’t make a sapele rocker again. The biggest issue with sapele, other than the fact that it is a little brittle , is it’s reluctance to bend. My rockers have bent laminate rockers, head rest and back rest. From the outset that was a big issue. I added some koa to the rockers and the face of the head rest for looks. I absolutely needed help with the backrest with the double curve. In that case, of the six ply layers, two layers were tropical ash, one was koa and the final three were sapele. Even with help from bendable wood, cleaning up the backrest was tricky. It was still stiffer than a koa back rest.

The rocker is finished with four coats of General polyurethane.

As always, I appreciate your critiques and criticisms. Any words of wisdom are always welcomed.

Cheers….....

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com





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mmh

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#1 posted 335 days ago

Beautifully executed! Your portfolio of work shows how versatile and talented you are!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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vonhagen

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#2 posted 335 days ago

you are a master or i guess a masteress of fine woodworking and it really shows here.

-- no matter what size job big or small do a job right or don't do it at all.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#3 posted 335 days ago

Wow! Wow! Great work! You are very inspiring to me with your detail in your work Miss Cathy. I like this a lot

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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SteveGaskins

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#4 posted 335 days ago

Cathy, your work has always inspired me. Excellent build!

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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Woodbridge

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#5 posted 335 days ago

beautiful rockers!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Handtooler

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#6 posted 335 days ago

Absolutely FANTASTIC! You are a true and tried Craftswoman of the Nth Degree.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 bassboy40@msn.com

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SamuelP

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#7 posted 335 days ago

Insane finish and design.

-- -Sam - Tampa, FL- "A man who carries a cat by the tail learns somthing he can in no other way" -Mark Twain

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mbs

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#8 posted 335 days ago

I’ve been waiting to see the finished product. It looks similar to mahogony but im sure it was a lot more work.

You did an outstanding job – as usual.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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kiefer

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#9 posted 335 days ago

Looks kind of Maloof but with a new twist ,love the way you did the back slats .
Beautiful joinery .

-- Kiefer 松

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lightweightladylefty

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#10 posted 335 days ago

Cathy,

This is another exquisite piece of furniture from you. Your craftsmanship is always outstanding. Your tackled the problems with sapele with finesse.

L/W

-- Jesus is the ONLY reason for ANY season.

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fernandoindia

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#11 posted 335 days ago

I don´t have any wisdom words Cathy, sorry. But Beautiful rockers. The sapele seat looks fantastic.

-- Back home. Fernando

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Benji Reyes

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#12 posted 335 days ago

A fine build Cathy. I’m sure the owner will be proud to have it and pass on to his children and grand children. I like the irregular ends of the back splats. It gives an organic feel to it. Congratulations!

-- Benji Reyes, Antipolo, Philippines, http://www.facebook.com/pages/Benji-Reyes/88321902103?ref=ts

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cathyb

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#13 posted 335 days ago

Thanks everyone. Tomorrow the rocker will be gone. Yea!
Something wonderful happened tonight: I was able to buy 60 bf of narra from a another woodworker here in Hawaii. It’s not totally dry, but I can wait a year or two. Next year, I plan to make a narra rocker. Man that is a project that I will dream about until I begin. Narra, unlike sapele, really likes to be shaped and sculpted and bent. Throughout that process it gives off the most wonderful fragrance. In the end, it is a dream finish. That is my kind of wood. Sigh….......

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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DocSavage45

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#14 posted 335 days ago

Fine work on a tough project. Sounds like your going to have a sensational time with that wood. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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michelletwo

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#15 posted 335 days ago

gorgeous rocker..stunning finish. I see you concur now with my opinion of sapele as rocker wood. (I think I said I would not use it, in a post or two ago where you asked for info) You did a good “get around” to get it included in the rocker. Super job on this, congrats

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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