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Rocker Project: Making Rocker Legs

comments (2) March 8th, 2009 in blogs

petersturner peter turner, contributor
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First, finish a leg-making article. Recently, I sent off an article about making the leg thats in the vise. This was my first try at providing my own photography for an article. I enjoyed the trial and error aspect of using my cameras timer. Often the shot came out better than I had envisioned. This is what my bench looked like after the last shot.
Next, dig into the rocker project. Now I can continue with the rocker. Ive milled my leg blanks, routed cross grain and knocked off the corners. This makes turning a bit quieter but I think I do it for the kindling.
Prep the leg blanks for turning. Im readying the blanks for the lathe. On the workbench, sits the bowling bench, back with its slick, freshly woven seat.
Me at the lathe. Heres a typical timer shot. The chips are flying and theres a fully turned leg in the back.
First, finish a leg-making article. Recently, I sent off an article about making the leg thats in the vise. This was my first try at providing my own photography for an article. I enjoyed the trial and error aspect of using my cameras timer. Often the shot came out better than I had envisioned. This is what my bench looked like after the last shot. - CLICK TO ENLARGE

First, finish a leg-making article. Recently, I sent off an article about making the leg that's in the vise. This was my first try at providing my own photography for an article. I enjoyed the trial and error aspect of using my camera's timer. Often the shot came out better than I had envisioned. This is what my bench looked like after the last shot.


After finishing-up the bowling bench (my offering for the 2009 Furniture Masters' auction) and completing a leg-making article, I have rejoined the rocker project. Please click on each photo to follow the story. 

All posts on the rocker project:

Part 1: Mill the lumber and laminate the back rest
Part 2: Turn the rocker legs
Part 3: The joinery
Part 4: Final fitting and shaping
Part 5: Project complete

When everything is said and done, it'll look a lot like this:

 

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Comments (2)

petersturner petersturner writes: Hi Lloyd - I'm glad you like the chair. Its seat is at standard seat height of around 18". The rockers are pure Shaker and came from John Kassay's book on Shaker furniture. You might see other useful information about rocking chairs in this great book.

best, Peter
Posted: 7:59 am on March 18th

lailaloyd lailaloyd writes: HI,
A BEAUTIFUL CHAIR.I AM DESIGNING A ROCKING CHAIR AND NEED A BIT OF HELP WITH THE ROCKER LAY OUT I AM A DESIGNER BUT NEVER DID A ROCKER .I NEED TO KNOW THE DISTANCE FROM THE FLOOR TO THE BOTTOM OF THE ROCKER. HOPE YOU CAN HELP. THANKS LLOYD PIRL.
Posted: 1:27 pm on March 12th

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