To update, I am making the rocker in a petite size for my LOML from cherry and the accent wood in the back braces will be some nice walnut, creating a very nice contrast. If someone were to characterize my "style" with woodworking it would involve using the colours of the wood to "paint" a picture in the finished piece - like the chairs and stool projects for example. No stain or colour to hide the natural beauty of the material.
Below are a few pictures of progress to date, with a description on each picture. Just click the picture to see a larger version - enjoy the progress report.
|The 6 pieces of the coopered headrest have been glued up|
and cleaning up the edge with my Marcou smoother - end grain - no prob.
|The finished headrest, cut to 1.25" thick and sanded to 120 grit, ready for fitting - just need a rocker to fit it to.|
Note the sapwood in the middle will tie into the sapwood joint in the same place on the seat.
|These 8 walnut strips will be the back brace fronts. They are sanded to 180 grit|
and thicknessed to .080", notice the figure progresses across the
strips giving a nice effect - there are only 7 back braces, an extra in case of butchery.
|Lots of clamps in the gluing form as well as the gluing support on the top|
to avoid marking the rocker with the clamps.
Lots of glue, lots of mess and 24 full hours in the clamps and you get...
|The first finished rocker removed from the form and the edges cleaned up on the jointer.|
Notice the walnut strip inserted to provide an interesting contrast to tie into the walnut in the back braces.
|My routing setup for the seat joint, block added to corner to avoid tearout. Hal Taylor likes to do the seat in a vertical position, I find this easier and safer for me. The results below are identical.|
|Here the seat joinery is complete, you can see the iconic Maloof joint for the back and front legs.|
The unique shaped holes for the back braces are also routed in, the seat front profile
has been bandsawn. Ready for carving.
|Another fixture which was a bit of a task, this will be used as a sled to put a cove on the top|
of the chair's arms to save lots of carving.
|This six degree jig will help to support a number of pieces both against the fence, like this|
leg setup, and also in the crosscut sled, which is the next fixture to be built.