Mission Style Rocking Chair Question

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Forum topic by daveintexas posted 08-29-2008 07:38 PM 924 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-29-2008 07:38 PM

Topic tags/keywords: mission arts crafts morris rocking chair

A question for those of you with some experience.
When building a Mission style or Morris chair style rocking chair, what method do you prefer for attaching the legs to the rockers?
Thru mortices??
Or plain mortice and tenons?

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#1 posted 08-29-2008 07:48 PM

I use stopped mortise and tenons. Since end grain is harder than long grain, the rockers will have a tendency to wear, but not so much the tenons. When this happens, the tenon will try to be pushed out every time it hits the floor.

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#2 posted 08-30-2008 12:05 AM

Depends on the look you are going for.

I can answer to the Sam Maloof style that I build, the leg/rocker joints and sanded to match perfectly and then I use epoxy resin and 4” screws. The screws are there to hold the rocker tight to the leg while the epoxy sets up. They also provide lateral support.

I saw a couple different styles of mission rocker, some where the legs flat ended to the rockers which is why I mentioned my method.

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