Rocking Chair: Info Page

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In this series, Paul shows how to make a Craftsman-Style rocking chair that he designed and has been making for decades. Working with oak stock, Paul shows how to construct the mortise and tenon frames, including arched rails and angled tenons for the side rails. He discusses how to shape the rear legs and rockers by hand, before upholstering and finishing the chair to round out the finished project.

The tools you will need are:

  • Knife
  • Square
  • Combination gauge (or marking gauge and mortise gauge)
  • Tape/Ruler (or both)
  • Sliding bevel
  • Chisel hammer
  • Chisels (at least 3/8″ and 1″)
  • Hand router (see how to make a ‘Poor Man’s Router here)
  • Smoothing plane (No 4)
  • *Jack Plane (No 5) (recommended if preparing your wood from rough
  • sawn)
  • Spokeshave
  • *Scrub Plane (recommended if preparing your wood from rough
  • sawn)
  • Mortice guide
  • Winding Sticks
  • Handsaw
  • Tenon saw
  • Dovetail saw
  • No 80 Cabinet Scraper
  • Card scraper
  • Brace & bit and hand drill or drill driver
  • *Rasp
  • *File
  • Square Awl
  • Small steel hammer

* = optional

Joints List:

  • Mortise & tenon
  • Housing dado

High Rocking Chair

Rocking Chair