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To rock smoothly, the curved rockers have to be identical. The secret is to cut and sand one curved piece smooth. Then use it as a template to make the second one match the first.
Curved parts. That's what makes a Rocking Chair different from an ordinary chair. And cutting curved parts accurately can seem intimidating. But it doesn't have to be if you follow a certain procedure.
exactduplicates. The usual way of making curved pieces graceful and smooth is to start with a grid pattern, then re-use the pattern on all the matching pieces.
On this chair I did something different Because there have to be exact duplicates of many of the curved parts, I didn't re-use the patterns. It doesn't matter if the duplicate pieces aren't exactly like the original pattern. Only that they're exact duplicates of each other.
The secret is to concentrate on the first piece. After cutting it to rough shape, I sanded until it had a consistently smooth curve. Then, to lay out the matching pieces, I used the first piece as a pattern. Not the original pattern.
cutting angled tenons. There are also a couple pieces in this project that join at an angle. To make cutting these as easy as possible, I built a special jig for the router table. For more on this jig, see page 14.
wood & einish. To give the Rocking Chair the look of an antique, I used quartersawn white oak throughout Then I stained it with Minwax Special Walnut and applied two coats of Minwax Polyurethane to protect the oak.
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