Rocking Chair: Episode 10


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With the rocker mortises fitted, Paul fixes them in place, also showing how to scribe the legs to remove any gaps. They can then be made flush with the legs using the spokeshave to get a smooth transition. Then we’re ready to move on to cutting the mortise in the front of the arms to receive the through tenon on the top of the front legs.


  1. pnj2411 on 7 December 2016 at 8:07 pm

    Just thinking about the rocker to leg joint, if it wasn’t necessary to be dismantleable, would a wedged through tenon be a possible way to do it, instead of the screw?

  2. jcat on 9 December 2016 at 11:24 am

    Nice to know I’m not the only one with gaps at the rails, now all I need is a house brick to scribe against!! 😉

  3. knightlylad on 10 December 2016 at 9:35 pm

    Thank you for the lesson.

  4. Paul Sellers on 12 December 2016 at 4:45 pm

    That should work fine or you could also peg it or fox-wedge them too.

  5. Nissen Eichorn on 7 August 2020 at 3:25 pm

    Why not use a auger (or forstner) for the arm through mortise? Wouldn’t that leave the same clean edge with much less chopping?

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