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Forum topic by nightowlll posted 02-23-2012 06:14 PM 1054 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-23-2012 06:14 PM

My wife loves rocking chairs and I have never made one. I want to surprise her soon with a rocking chair I made myself. The problem is,...I don’t know how to make one.

Short of going out and buying one and reverse engineering one I’m not sure where to start.

Does anyone have plans for a nice rocking chair and also what should I make it out of? Pine?

I am in the Dallas/Ft.Worth area so if anyone is local here near me please let me know.

Any help or advice would be much appreciated.


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#1 posted 02-23-2012 07:49 PM

You can probably go a hundered different routes with a riocking chair. All the way from a glider up to a sam maloof style rocker. Depending on your tools, time frame, and ability the easiest would probably be a mission style rocker and if you’re super confident and have a ton of gear and time go for the Maloof style. Google Hal Taylor … he has plans available for purchase for a Maloof style but theyre a bit pricy .. $150 beans i think.

A Maloof rocker is my end goal of woodworking …. one day i tell ya .. one day.

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#2 posted 02-23-2012 07:52 PM

You can search for plans for a mission style rocker. I think they should be relatively straight foward—- not crazy like a Maloof! :-)

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#3 posted 02-23-2012 07:57 PM

There was a great rocking chair, in several wood magazines, the one that comes to mind was in Wood mag. Google rocking chairs and you can spend alot of time picking something out. I don’t think Hal was that high but I have his plans and dvd and they are hard to beat. I have been doing double time on our house remodel and have got rocker forms and a few jigs made. Can’t wait to get started. Good Luck, Bob

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