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In this first Rocking Chair Q&A, Paul addresses questions that have been asked in relation to the first half of the project. He discusses material choice and selection, adapting the design for specific circumstances and working practises. Paul then addresses a few measurement clarifications and corrections as well as discussing some of the new filming techniques employed.
Here is a list of the various questions asked:
0:42 Greg asks: What species of wood would you recommend for this project? Are their any to avoid?
2:48 Nick asks: Is maple a good wood choice for this chair?
4:10 Stephen asks: Is the timber you purchased a quarter-sawn board or have you selected a board that allows you to orient the grain in a certain way?
5:52 Ted asks: What material is used for the seat pan/base of the upholstered seat? I assume it will be made from lower-cost stock or sheet goods.
The Process of Making
7:04 Mitch asks: Would a rocking chair from this new series be feasible with no chair arms, like the earlier (armless) Dining Chair project?
8:24 Charles asks: Ive got a silly question regarding the mortise jig. Is it facing the camera for our visual benefit. It seems like it would be easier for me as a beginner to use it the opposite way so I can see more clearly?
Clarification of Dimensions
9:27 Karey asks: I was making a pattern for the back Post (leg) from page 3 and after I completed it I saw that the dimensions were different from page 1. Page 3 shows the length of the knee to be 11 3/4″ but page 1 totals 12 3/4″. Please let me know which is correct.
10:03 Julian asks: Looking at the dimensions of the bottom part of the back leg, on the drawing the dimension given from the knee to the bottom is 11 3/4″ or 298.5mm but in episode 3 paul mentions 14 1/2″ or 367.5mm I was wondering which is correct?
10:50 Al asks questions about the drawings:
Page 3 – Re the “knee line” on the back leg, on the drawing it shows 31-3/4″ from the top end of leg to the knee line. However in the video Paul says and measures 31-1/4″.
Page 3 – What is the radius of the arc on bottom of Top Rear Seat Rail?
Page 1 – What is the radius of the arc on bottom of Top Side Rail?
Page 3 – Cut list says the slats are 9/16″ (14mm) square. Note at the top of page reads 1/2″ (12mm) square slats.
13:26 Dusty says: Unless I’m measuring incorrectly, the piece of stock you are using is longer than the 45″ shown in the cut list.
14:41 Joseph asks: Out of curiosity, during the time lapsed stuff are you also still talking what you are doing? How much do faster can you work when not narrating?
Improved Cut List & Drawing
Click here for the updated technical drawing and cut list for the Rocking Chair. (Also updated on the Project Information page.)