|Project by jdh122||posted 03-18-2014 09:32 PM||1513 views||2 times favorited||11 comments|
I just finished the seat on this post and rung rocking chair. I followed plans from Brian Boggs in an old FWW article.
I started with a log that I thought was maple but as I was building the back I decided that it was too light and weak to be maple. I don’t know what kind of tree it was since I never saw the leaves, but it’s too light for the structural parts of the chair. So the rest of it is red oak I hustled from a construction site at the start of the winter.
All pieces, except the rockers, are riven (wedge, axe, froe) from the log and worked with drawknives, spokeshaves and/or a scrubplane (this was for the arms). The backposts and the curved splats are steam bent.
No power tools except I used the bandsaw to cut out half of the runners (I used a hatchet to cut the other half of the runners out, but needed to use the bandsaw in order not to have to waste too much wood).
I learned a lot from this chair, and even have a second one that is almost finished, entirely out of oak and with a few tweaks that I learned along the way (for example I was making the round m+t joints way too tight).
Finished with amber shellac.
The chair seems to be relatively comfortable. It certainly rocks well (although this took a lot of messing about to get it right).
The project was a blast – this green woodworking is super addictive.
-- Jeremy, in the Acadian forests