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    Frankenstein Rocker build

    Using whatever I could find of scrap wood , odds end ends left from other projects, to build this Franken Rocker as a friend calls it. Been a few years since I last made one! Had some 2" ash and added some strips of walnut to make the 2& 3/4" turning squares. Seat slats are fir, arm rests and dowels from some Jabota someone gave me . Got a little walnut laminated in the bottom back rest. This is the 1st time making a curved backrest for a full sized rocker of the several I have made. Back rest is oak, curved pieces re-sawed at 3/32" and glued in a form I had made for the kid sized rockers back in 08.
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    Well, doesn't look like you've lost your touch not making one for years...wow!
    Darren

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    I love the way you always make it look so darn easy bryan.
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    Makes my "scrap" projects look a little pale . I always enjoy your threads Bryan. Thanks for sharing.
    Be excellent to each other. - Rufus

    Endevour to persevere.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    Well, doesn't look like you've lost your touch not making one for years...wow!
    I went back through pics, and the proto type Texas style and the 3 western red cedar ( 2x cull from HD) chairs was built starting back in Sept. of 2006. In 2008 I revised the style into a childs rocker in feb of 2008 and made 1 oak and 3 walnut ones.
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    I don't know if I have time left in my life to do something that creative. Gives me a mark to aim for.
    Cheers,
    Roger


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    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Tulk View Post
    I don't know if I have time left in my life to do something that creative. Gives me a mark to aim for.
    I love the look of the Texas rocker, thick straight posts, slat back and seat, but could not find a plan, so through trial and error, made the 1 st chair from soft maple I had left, with the seat and runners from 2x spruce when the maple ran out,& painted it red. After a few chairs I tried a curved seat, then with this one , a curved back. I think the hardest part was how to drill the holes in the right places!
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    That looks really good! I've always wanted to build a rocking chair, guess I'll have to add it to my list!

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ID:	66497I got the seat slats screwed on. You can see the doubled up support, so to make it easier to get the drill in there. It just misses the lower dowel.
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    added the runners tonight. Almost done!
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