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Here's a project from ERC lumber I cut in 11/??/2011....Yeah from log to finish is a LLLOOONNNGGG trip!!! LOL!!

Here's a few of the details: the sides are bookmatched 6/4 crotches (all 4 from same log), ( would that be a double bookmatched pair??),

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the rockers are bookmatched 8/4,

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the seat 6/4 and the back 5/4. I attempted to do most with live edges and the ONLY glue up is the seats.

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This was a challenging project by several factors....my first rocking chairs....NOTHING square to work from...and it had to be ONE of a kinds!!!

The crotches are mortised into the rockers and with draw pinned using tulip poplar hand shaped pegs.

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The cross pieces are pocketed and glued into the sides and held by HD kreg screws through the face into them. The seat and back are "floating". I only pocket screwed ( I know...I know...please don't hang me!!!) the front part of the arm rest due to the cedar's crotch was tight grown..(.meaning it has trash in it and is weak)and having a drying check crack and also pocketed the seat. I did not put a finish on them, the client is to do that in this situation.

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O.K. Lola....lay it on me....I told you it'd be different!!!LOL!!.
 
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Thanks,
I forgot to mention they are 4" wider inside than a standard rocker, the heavy parts visually absorb the extra width.
 

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Love them!
 

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Those are great!!

I have a question, how did you decide on where to place the bottom curved pieces in relation to the chair itself? I'm asking as I make adirondack chairs and I would like to build a rocking version but I have no idea how to determine where to attach the curved base runners.

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that is a work of art
 

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Burb...that's where all the fun begins.....now where did I put that pattern....OH it won't work here on this!!!! Actually I'm still figuring on what is correct ...or not!!!???!! just for my taste/style.

What I found out is there are MANY rocker styles and seat angles that come into play (sewing, relaxing, front porch, nursing/breast feeding, childs, arm, armless, etc., etc.). BUT the simpliest way in your case (I think) is to cut (2) rockers from 3/4" plywood at the arc/h that you enjoy (leave alot of depth above it to adjust and play with)...the longer the arc/radius the slower it rocks and the shorter radius the quicker. I measured ones from 28" to 42" radius's and lengths 28"to 36"....now clamp them to a chair and start adjusting...PLEASE understand, I'm NOT being a smart ellic about this....everyone has a sweet spot in a chair/rocker that fits him/ his clientel ...YOU have to adjust to your seat's need... the adirondacks lay way back to seat ratio and wouldn't even meet the angles I use.

I hope this helps,. It's been a long crazy day/night if anythings worded wrong I apologize and will correct.
 

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Thanks everyone for the compliments!!!

Weight...Hhhmmmm...ONE good strong back!!!( or weak mind....both would help!!) LOL!! about 100-125 lbs....not exactly fun to move by oneself BUT can be done!!
 

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Tim, thanks for the reply. Most of it actually makes sense, though that could be cause I'm woe out with a headache...

[quote="Tennessee Tim] I measured ones from 28" to 42" radius's and lengths 28"to 36".[/quote]

Next question: how do you do this? I mean do I just cut a rectangle that is X long and Y wide. Then put a curve on the top & bottom? I guess a good length would be 10-12" longer the the length of my chair stance.

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yes....that reads correct LOL. Actually you probably won't be much longer due to the amount they lay back in their original stance.
 

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A few more pics...always remember...it ALL starts with an idea!!!
 

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