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Bieser

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04-06-2014 04:01 PM

I am getting ready to build a jig to laminate rockers for some rocking chairs I plan to build. My question is for those who have done this. Did you do the rocker glue ups individually or glue one wide strip and split it in half with the table saw? I was seeing advantages to both in my mind. If you do these individually did they come out the same?

Thanks Brandon


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#1 posted 04-06-2014 09:58 PM

I’ve done mine separately; though, I have to admit I never thought of your approach – very interesting…, to say the least. Given identical jigs, which I have, it’s easy to replicate rocker and back brace laminations.

My guess is that if your jig is wide enough for a (‘double-wide’ + the blade kerf + some fudge) then you would ensure identical curves and a single glue-up time. The downside is getting enough clamps to ensure that all positions along the curves are exerting pressure to the jig.

MJCD

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#2 posted 04-07-2014 01:01 AM

MJCD I was thinking that would be the negative getting the clamps across it for even pressure I could use some cauls though. I was thinking that it would save time and be exactly the same. Just curious how everyone was doing them. I have seen all individual glue ups and figured there must be a reason for it.

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#3 posted 04-07-2014 02:03 AM

When I did my maloof rocker I did them individually.

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#4 posted 04-07-2014 01:11 PM

I have the Hal Taylor (HT) video and PDF documentation for his approach – he does them separately: now 300+ rockers for him.

Having said that, the cauls would serve the purpose. As with anything else, a good theory deserves some experiments. My next project is a HT rocker, and I will try you’re approach.

MJCD

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