Windsor Rocker Without Special Tools: Part 2
Complete the top half of the chair, add the rockers, sit back, and relax
Synopsis: In this second in a two-part series on making a Windsor rocking chair, most of the hard work is done. What remains is the fun stuff. In part one (FWW #218), we steam-bent the back posts, the spindles, and the crest rail. These parts remain rough-turned or shaped but the back post tenons have been finish-turned and fitted to the seat. Then we sculpted the seat, and drilled and reamed the tapered holes in it. We also turned the legs and stretchers, cut slots for the rockers, and then glued and wedged the legs into the seat. The only major parts still to be made are the two arms made from blanks with matching grain, and the rockers, which are cut from quartersawn stock.
You are halfway through the construction of this beautiful rocking chair, which combines Windsor chair joinery with contemporary design. After all the hard work shaping and…
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