I am about to take my first stab at a chair, and am looking for suggestions on wood choice. I do not want to invest in a lathe or a lot of tools I do not already have, and found the plans and videos for Paul Seller’s “Home Rocking Chair” appealing. I like the look of a similar chair done in white oak, and am also considering cherry.
The chair has a sculpted (or “saddled” as Chris Schwarz would say) seat. I do have a nice inshave and a couple of the little curved wooden planes that I made per Paul Sellers’ instructions, and they do a nice job of refining the inshave work.
My concern is that the rocker, with the thick seat, might be a pretty heavy beast and am interested in others’ experience when choosing the species of wood (or woods) for such a chair.