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03-20-2013 05:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: round over rocker

I’m building a rocking chair for my daughter and can’t figure out how to round over the seat front. I hollowed out the seat and the front edge and am looking for a way to do this consistently, I don’t mind doing it by hand with a rasp but wanted to make sure there isn’t an easier way to get a clean, consistent edge. Any suggestions?

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#1 posted 03-20-2013 05:54 PM

I’d have to see a picture, but my first gut reaction is a rasp.

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#2 posted 03-20-2013 06:02 PM

I run into the same problem with guitar bodies, where the forearm and belly cuts are in the body. The router just cannot follow. I usually hand rasp then hand sand in the roundover, but you have to really watch it to make sure it is accurate all the way across. I usually let a light reflection off the wood help me.

-- Paul, Tennessee, http://www.tsunamiguitars.com

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#3 posted 03-20-2013 06:07 PM

Here’s the seat and chair

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#4 posted 03-20-2013 06:09 PM

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#5 posted 03-20-2013 06:13 PM

I was thinking of tilting the table on my spindle sander and sanding a 45 then finishing with a sanding block or rasp. I was curious how others deal with this type of edge. I am also going to do this to the arms as they have compound edges as well. Thanks!

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#6 posted 03-20-2013 06:46 PM

I’ve never used a spokeshave so I don’t know how well they work across the grain, but I’d be tempted to give it a shot.

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#7 posted 03-20-2013 06:53 PM

I’ve got a spoke shave, my grandfather gave it to me in a box of old planes, never used it but I might give it a try on some scrap, once I sharpen it! Thanks!

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#8 posted 03-20-2013 07:02 PM

Good luck. Great looking chair btw. A nice rocking chair is definitely on my to do list. Someday.

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#9 posted 03-20-2013 07:11 PM

Thanks mds! This is the first rocker I’ve built, I measured my wife to get the dimensions, luckily it turned out very comfy! I have a near endless supply of pine 1X12X48” pine boards so I thought I’d build it in that. The pine was so soft that I decided to laminate all the parts out of 3/16” strips, made forms for each part and glued/clamped them. There’s about 180 strips in this thing. It’s far stronger. I’m going to saturate the surface with some wood hardener to make it more durable. Thanks again!

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#10 posted 03-20-2013 10:07 PM

I would get it close with a spokeshave or drawknife, then smooth it out with a rasp.

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