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Project by RobS posted 2213 days ago 2309 views 1 time favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Old broken rocking chair + piece of maple from cabinet shop dumpster + piece of leftover ½ inch ply + a little sweat = waste basket.

I’ve had these oak rockers at my house for over 10 years; they’ve been outside the whole time, stripped down and treated a couple different times. Well the elements finally claimed one of them and a few months ago I took it aside and broke it down, if anything just to fit it into the trash can or fire pit easier. Well there it sat until the summer awards popped up, “one man’s trash” – hmm – does it matter if it’s this same man’s trash, I think not.

I noticed that even though the seat slats were of slightly varying lengths, they all, at some point along their length, had the same curvature. I lined up all the curves and cut all 10 to length. Determining the base needed to be about 6 ½ inches in diameter to allow the top of the slats to splay out, I cut the circle out of the cabinet shop outcast.

I then decided to go with plywood for the top ring to hold it all together; at just over an inch wide, I figured a ring of regular grained wood would have snapped under the slightest of pressure, the plywood proved to hold true. I was planning on nailing the top of the slats to the plywood but with my accurate measuring, exact cutting techniques (LOL), the snugness of the fit and the inward pressure applied by the slats, it all seams to hold itself together. After all, I did have to persuade the ring down onto the slats just a little, ha! The screws at the bottom aren’t new either; they are leftover from some other homestead task. Teak oil finished it off.

Here’s a picture of the other rocker so you can see the starting point.
(posted above)
I can’t wait for this one to retire as a rocker and become my next victim, er.. uh… I mean project.

Thanks for looking!

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#3 posted 2213 days ago

Good save!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 2213 days ago

very cool…and if you dont want the plastic bag in there—-could it be used as a kindling basket???

Just a thought…

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#5 posted 2213 days ago


Good Luck!

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#6 posted 2213 days ago

Thanks all.

Yes Matt, I thought of that already, or a plant stand, short umbrella stand, to name a few…who knows what else….

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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#7 posted 2213 days ago

You lumberjocks are sure creative. What a great way to repurpose a rocker. From a rocker to a ….... O well I like it.

-- Dominic, Trinity, Florida...Lets be safe out there.

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#8 posted 2213 days ago

this is SWEET.
I love it and the “save” from the trash: brilliant.


-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#9 posted 2213 days ago

Now your rockin’. Thanks for sharing Rob.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#10 posted 2213 days ago

Great idea!!!

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#11 posted 2213 days ago

Very creative, great job!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#12 posted 2212 days ago

Hello Rob;

Old broken rocking chair + piece of maple from cabinet shop dumpster + piece of leftover ½ inch ply + a little sweat = waste basket”....and a whole lotta’ love of wood.’ve got me a shakin’ and a rockin’ with wood,
one man’s trash means this man’s stash,
and it seems that ‘all seams’ are holding as one,
till in the end waste not is waste got as waste saved

And yes, this is a great project done with the tenacity of a worker of wood….and then the thought just crossed my mind….why not, since you’ve all-ready shown us before how your so adept at taking wood, and working the waste out into showpieces that show no-waste!

Thank you.

-- --frank, NH,

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#13 posted 2212 days ago

one mans trash is one mans trash can. Most people would burn it or put it in the bin, not turn it into the bin.
Another creative recycling job bro!

-- I am always doing what I cannot do yet, in order to learn how to do it. - Van Gogh -- --

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#14 posted 2212 days ago

Excellent Idea. I really like the result!

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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#15 posted 2212 days ago

Very cool! Like the judicious use of plyood.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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