Sellers Home Rocking Chair: Episode 7
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The actual rockers are a major part of the rocking chair and this video walks you through all the details to create the process: starting with the caul, cutting and thicknessing the laminates for bending them to the perfect shape, and then the final sizing. Bending wood this way is highly rewarding and enjoyable too. We hope you enjoy the reality that you are closing in on: the prize of your finished rocking chair.
MAKING THE ROCKERS – 00:07
PREPARING THE ROCKERS – 20:42
well it has stopped running now. Will try again tomorrow.
“This one has a knot in it but, I’m pretty sure it will knot be a problem” 😉
Is it possible to just cut the rockers directly out of a board rather than laminating? What are the advantages/disadvantages of each method?
My feeling is that it would be much weaker to cut from a solid piece as well as being more expensive unless you happened to get would with the correct bend of grain to match the curve.
Wood not would!
We made rockers from solid wood in his intensive class and I believe he shows this in an earlier rocker. He is likely just showing an alternative here. Cutting from solid wood requires thick, wide material and, in my experience, it is hard to get parts out of the waste because of the odd shape. On the other hand, you can use stop cuts and other methods to work with solid wood, while laminating requires a way to get the thin strips, which likely means a bandsaw.
I had forgotten about the other rocking chair project. That helps. I reviewed that one and I am sure I can apply that to this one.
there is a way to make arched boards without loosing much material
google “Handhyvlade svängda profiler – ett gästhantverkarprojekt”
It is in a Nordic language but the technique is sufficiently demonstrated.
Look at the video from about 12’58”.
the relevant part stops at about 21’49”
Very interesting and I can think of a number of good applications, but I would be uncomfortable using this for a rocker.