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Project by luv2learn posted 03-03-2014 05:16 PM 4671 views 43 times favorited 63 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So, where have I been since the first of the year you ask? Building this rocker from 42 cut out sections of 21/32” OSB (Oriented Strand Board). The process is to long for a project post so I will do a blog for those of you who are interested.
This is the back story of how this came about. My wife and I donated one of our living room couches to our church youth group. We didn’t want to replace it with another couch so we decided a chair or two would be nice and one of them should be a rocker. We went on line in search for some ideas and found a picture of this chair. We both said, “that is the one”.

The link below the picture led us to James Coles website. Mr. Cole, who designed this chair, had posted two pictures of this rocker, one he made from 3/4” plywood, the other from walnut. He also posted plans of how he made them.

Since I had never attempted something like this I decided to make mine from the cheapest sheet goods material I could find, 21/32” OSB. It took 2 1/2, 4×8’ sheets to get all the pieces cut out. I will save the rest of the details for the blog but here are a few added photos to wet your appetite.

Templates

Rough Assembly

Sculpting Process

I know that OSB is the last thing anyone would consider as a material for building furniture. In fact, when I went on line in search for pictures of furniture built from this material they were almost non existent. It is messy, porous, and heavy but the Chicken McNuggets of the wood industry has a very charming pattern. I finished the chair with three coats of water based poly. The water based poly doesn’t darken of yellow the finish like the oil based does.

Thanks for looking, this has been a mammoth undertaking but I am pleased with the results. It is a very unique looking rocker.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green





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ralbuck

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#1 posted 03-03-2014 05:26 PM

I can say EXTREMELY NICE JOB!

Great Workmanship. I do NOT want to think of the time that took you!

It will be interesting to see how well the osb stands up!

-- just rjR

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Mauricio

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#2 posted 03-03-2014 05:29 PM

Holy crap that’s bad aas! I can’t imagine the mess of shapping that thing.

It does look really cool in OSB though.

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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clarkey

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#3 posted 03-03-2014 05:36 PM

Wow ! That didn’t happen in one day. Cool rocker

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cajunpen

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#4 posted 03-03-2014 05:39 PM

Your Rocker is AMAZING! Outstanding piece of furniture. I think the OSB really sets it off.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Clint Searl

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#5 posted 03-03-2014 05:47 PM

I love it!

-- Clint Searl....Ya can no more do what ya don't know how than ya can git back from where ya ain't been

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SubVette

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#6 posted 03-03-2014 05:50 PM

That is really cool, and OSB! I looks awesome. Now you have me thinking…

-- John in Florida

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Bobsboxes

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#7 posted 03-03-2014 05:55 PM

Way cool chair. Very amazing, great use of osb.

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 03-03-2014 06:01 PM

Very cool. I would like to see someone sitting in it. Is it strong enough?

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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Robsshop

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#9 posted 03-03-2014 06:02 PM

I have resisted building a simple chair because of the challenges it can offer, and yet here you have taken a unpopular material,difficult design and have made a rocking chair into a work of art! An Incredible feat,you should be very proud of it !
Thanks for sharing!

-- Rob,Gaithersburg,MD,One mans trash is another mans repurposed wood shop treasure ! ;-)

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Brett

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#10 posted 03-03-2014 06:04 PM

Looking forward to the blog! Great chair!

-- Hand Crafted by Brett Peterson John 3:16 http://www.TheCrookedNail.blogspot.com

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drbyte

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#11 posted 03-03-2014 06:10 PM

Fantastic looking chair for a bunch of glued up sawdust and chips!!!

-- Dennis, WV

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BusterB

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#12 posted 03-03-2014 06:38 PM

L2L- Lee that may very well be one of the coolest projects I have seen for a while….how long did the glue-up take you buddy?? Another top shelf job sir

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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hoss12992

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#13 posted 03-03-2014 07:05 PM

That is AWESOME! Absolutely love it. Great job buddy.

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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SASmith

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#14 posted 03-03-2014 07:07 PM

Great chair.
OSB really drinks up the finish doesn’t it?
I would love to see your blog if you put one together.
Here is a link to the chair plans I think that last part of your link got cut off.

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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Diggerjacks

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#15 posted 03-03-2014 07:12 PM

Hello luv2learn

Very impressive

How many time did you need to make this chair?

Thanks fo sharing

-- Diggerjack-France ---The only limit is the limit of the mind and the mind has no limit

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