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Sculpting at the kitchen table. With the legs glued and screwed to the seat, it was time for a whole bunch of shaping. With a hot cup of coffee, this is a great way to spend a morning, and an afternoon, and an evening.
In Part 1 of the Reclaimed Rocker project I had the seat glued up and the leg to seat joints finished. In Part 2, the legs get attached to the seat with glue and screws and then the carving really begins. The arms also get shaped and attached with 1/2″ oak dowels and 3″ long screws.
Tools of the trade: Chisels, rasps, microplanes, block planes and a chainsaw file.
Inside view of the front leg to seat joint.
Detail of the front leg and seat corner.
Starting to take shape.
Refining the front of the seat a bit more.
Ready for the next step...
With the leg joints shaped, it was time to start the arms. A bandsaw gets the form started.
Files and rasps continue the shaping.
A block plane helped smooth the curve on the bottom of the arms. After making a big pile of shavings the arms are ready to be attached!
1/2" dowels attach the front of the arms to the legs. A compound miter joint and 3" screws at the back. When the glue dries it will be time for a little more sculpting!
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I have been following along and everything looks familiarright down to the moujnds of shavings sawdust. I am just puting the last finish coats on my 5th Maloof rocker following Chuck Brock's pattern book and DVD. Don't know where you found the 8 and 10/4 American chestnut but I anticipate the final product will be a beautiful one of a kind heirloom.
The low-down on prefinishing parts, and the perfect finish for tools and drawer runners.
Fast, fun approach to making a comfortable, casual seat
In this video Michael finishes the first of the three boxes. Gluing-up, planing, sanding and finishing bring a new piece of art to the world.
In this video Michael starts work on the second box, a carved and painted Saddle lid box.
Michael begins carving the saddle lid box with his ripple pattern along the top. Then turns to his 5/30 gouge to texture the sides of the box. This isn't work…
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