A Bit More on The Rocker
The two rungs on the back of the rocking chair were fashioned similar to the head-piece shown below. Basically, I sketched out the contour of the back of the chair seat and cut that out of a piece of oak so that they ended up being about 1/8″ or so thick. With that, I sketched the shape of the headpiece on the curved section that I had just cut out and headed back to the bandsaw to cut out that piece. The rungs were far too small to cut out on the saw so I just carved their shape once I had the curved pieces cut out.
All put together, the chair started to look like something a Country Hound could sit on while playing his banjo. Notice again that all of the pieces are numbered so that I know what I’ve carved to fit where once it’s all apart again.
A little bit of rounding and shaping has the rocking chair at this stage in it’s development. That head-piece is starting to look a lot like a press-back chair to me, so I wouldn’t be surprised if it gets adorned with some carved and wood burned patterns very shortly. If you look hard at the seat, you can also see the beginnings of a cushion for the little banjo player to rest on. I’d still like to do a slender cross brace between the two rocking chair runners just to finish off the look.
Let me know what you think of it so far.
FANTASTIC!! love it…..this little rocking chair is very worthy of a howling country hound and the cushion is a great idea too.
I like the way that it is looking even at this stage. I’m not sure that I’m going to add any additional detail to the legs and uprights as I think that they are looking about right for a country style rocking chair. I do want to put in a couple of horizontal supports between the legs of the chair for strength and an “authentic” look, though. I think it’s really going to look sharp once I stain it up to look a bit worn.