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    Plans for child size rocking chair?

    My neighbors asked me to make a rocker for their small childs birthday. I've searched quite a bit on the web and only found one set of plans and the chair looks pretty cheesy. I usually prefer to design stuff myself, but I've never made chairs before so the learning curve would be pretty steep, and they need it rather quickly. Maybe I could take full size plans and reduce the dimensions by, say, half? I guess what I really need is the proper dimensions and proportions for a typical childs chair. Would greatly appreciate any help or opinions. Cheers. Barry

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    There are a few childs chairs listed here, but didn't see any rockers. Also size may depend on the age of the child. Might have better luck taking a few measurements when he or she is sitting and add a few inches for growth. The rocker I had growing up had a seat that was about 10" X 10", 12" tall back, and about 10" off the floor to the seat.

    Will post any additional links or info I come across...good luck
    Darren

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    Did a search for rockers on that same site, only came back with fee based plans, but some had dimensions.

    http://www.woodworkersworkshop.com/r...ex.php?cat=489
    Darren

    To a small child, the perfect granddad is unafraid of big dogs and fierce storms but absolutely terrified of the word “boo.” – Robert Brault

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    Thanks Darren, Thats the plan I saw too. It's not really to my liking but maybe I can make some modifications to make it look more attractive. Thanks again, Barry

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    If you go the route of reducing an adult sized plan don't use 1/2 as the multiple(??). If you reduce dimensions by 1/2 you end up with a chair that occupies 1/8th of the physical space of the original (1/2 * 1/2 * 1/2). I have made a couple of adirondack chairs in child size and 3/4 appears to be a reasonable guideline, finishing up with a chair that occupies about 42% of the space of an adult chair. In my experience, any child capable of sitting independently in a chair will not be swamped by a 3/4 size and by the time that they have grown out of it they are best served by an adult sized chair.

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    Thanks guys. I found some plans in Woodsmith no. 89. that should work for me. Barry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry Richardson View Post
    My neighbors asked me to make a rocker for their small childs birthday. ....
    Go to www.familytraditionwwp.com

    They have a nice rocking chair. You can buy the plan (and some needed hardware) at a Woodcraft store, if you have one. Beware, this one is not for the faint of heart. I built two of them, one to practice and one for my grand daughter. It is quite a chair.

    DKT

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    Just yesterday I saw a child's rocker for sale at a local flea market. Don't know the price. But if cheap enough, I could buy, take apart and ship to you. You could use as a guide to make a nice one.
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    I made this little rocking chair for my grand-niece's first birthday.



    The original chair was featured in Wood Magazine, back in 1993, and back then I made one - in red oak - that adhered to Wood's plan, which had a plain, flat seat, and the arch, front legs, and the rockers glued up from 4/4 stock.

    For this one, I deviated a bit from the plans. I used cherry, and cut the legs (8/4) and rockers (12/4) from solid stock. The back legs/arch, I laminated up from eighteen 3/32" strips. I also added a piece to the lower front of the seat, to thicken it a bit and give it a better appearance, and I contoured the surface of the seat to make it more comfortable.

    All in all, it was a fun project. We'll see how well it lasts under strenuous 'kid-testing.'
    Jim D.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim DeLaney View Post
    I made this little rocking chair for my grand-niece's first birthday.
    The back legs/arch, I laminated up from eighteen 3/32" strips.
    Beautiful work. How did you get the back arch so perfect? Did you have a form and then pressed your laminate strips together?

    DKT

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