Building a rocking chair
A rocking chair will help you relax after a hard day of work. if you even though of making one by yourself, then follow the next steps and you will certainly succeed.
- First of all you will need to choose the type of woof that you will be using for the chair.
- Next, cut two pieces of wood, with the following dimensions: 3/4 inches thick, 3 1/2 inches wide and 21 inches long.
- Then mark 6 1/2 inches up from the bottom of each of the front legs. Make a notch beginning at this mark, that is 5 1/2 inches long and 3/4 inches deep. You can use a router for the job.
- You can then cut a curve into the bottom and keep the top straight. Use a jigsaw for the cut. The top front support needs to be 3/4 inches thick, 5 1/2 inches wide and 25 long.
- Next you will need to put glue into the notches made earlier and the place the top front support into the notches. Make sure that the top front support and the front legs are square. Secure the top front support using some screws. Let the glue dry overnight.
- After the glue has set, screw the bottom front support to the inside of the front legs. This will need to be 3/4 inches thick, 1 1/2 wide, and 44 long.
- The back legs will need to be 3/4 inches thick, 3 1/2 inches wide and 30 inches long. Cut angles into the top and bottom of the back legs.
- Next you will need to form a middle seat support by cutting a piece of wood 3/4 inches thick, 5 1/2 inches wide and 16 inches long.
- Use screws and glue to attach the back legs to the inside of the front legs. Let the glue dry. Then, lay eleven seat slats across the back legs that are 3/4 inches thick, 1 1/2 inches wide and 44 inches long. The slats need to be pre-drilled.
- To create a bottom back support you will need to cut notches in each end of the board. The notches need to be 3/4 inches thick and 2 inches high. Attach the top back support at 13 to 17 inches from the bottom. After the glue has dried you can use a jigsaw to cut the top of the slats in a curve.
- The armrests need to be 3/4 inches thick, 5 1/2 inches wide and 25 inches long. But you can decide on the dimensions. Glue the armrest to the back legs, leaving 1 inch of it to extend past the front leg.
- Next create a lower back support of 3/4 inches thick, 3 1/2 wide and 44 long. Angle it so that it’s 20 degrees from the vertical. Fix it with glue and screws to the middle back support.
- Now build to rockers by gluing and screwing two pieces of 3/4 inches by 3 1/2 by 34 for each rocker. Smooth the edges after the glue has dried. Draw the curve of the rocker and then cut them. The back curve needs to be more gentle then the front curve. Glue the rockers to the chair.
- Use some varnish to coat the rocking chair.