Rocking Chair is Coming Together

Friday, July 26, 2013: I have a rocking chair, sort of. The main frame work is complete, with the front and rear frame assemblies glued. I am tweaking the side aprons and stretchers for an exact fit, and then they can be glued as well.

??????????The side joinery is a bit more difficult, as everything is angled. The chair is wider at the front, meaning all of the side pieces have angled tenons. This also means angled shoulders, which often need some adjustment when the whole chair comes together.

Angled work makes a lot people shy away from this type of project, me included. I mentioned in an earlier post that I was very apprehensive about the complexity of these projects. As usual, Paul has taught a very simple method to get these angles correct, every time. Build a story board.

What’s a story board? It’s a full size layout of your front frame and read frame, taken from the center line of the chair. You layout each piece, using exact sizes, on a sheet of MDF or plywood; leg posts, mortises, and tenons. Use your apron to connect the dots and pull the shoulder line directly from the board. Use a sliding bevel to set the angles, and start the layout process. It takes about 10 minutes to do the story board, but it makes quick work of everything else.


I still have the arms and rockers to make, as well as the seat and upholstery. We’ll see what work tomorrow brings.

As a side note, if you are at all interested in woodworking, check out Paul’s blog.  He has so much good information to share with the world.  These are not whimsical ideas either; they are tried and true, with nearly 50 years of experience to back them up.

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