Rocking Chair

Jeff Miller of Chicago builds a wonderful bentwood rocking chair. I liked the lines and the craftsmanship that is so evident in it when I first saw it. So, I contacted Jeff and asked if there were any plans for the chair. The answer was, "No, there are not." Given that his is his design and signaure piece, I can understand why.
So, I thought about it for about a year after I first saw a picture of it and finally sat down and started to draft out plans for the chair. I made the bending frames and did some refining work on them before I started the first prototype. I actually made a side of the chair (back, leg piece and arm rest) and scraped it because of some obvious flaws. I finally got the chair made and saw some things that needed to be changed. Then I made prototype 2. It is almost exactly what I was looking for and will only refine it a bit. One thing is to pay more attention to the length of the arm support. This one is too short and did not notice I had the arm rest too short. As I was under a time crunch, I put a boot on the end of the arm rest. But that is a mistake I will not make again.
The chairs are out of ash, which bends wonderfully. The arm rest goes all the way down through the back/leg joint. As Jeff Miller said, "That is an interesting joint to cut."
Total time for a chair is on the order of two and a half to three weeks.
Photos on alt.binaries.pictures.woodworking.
Deb
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Very nice. Extremely graceful curves. That would fit into many different types of decors.
How comfortable are they?
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wrote:

According to my wife and daughter(she got the second prototype) they are very comfortable. Especially the second prototype. I had the splay on the first one at six degrees and that was too steep, so I backed it off to four degrees. That six degree splay made the first prototype feel a bit fragile. The second one though was rock solid and sat very nicely.
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Dr. Deb wrote:

I very rarely can find anything on alt binaries.pictures.woodworking After this post I jumped to the ng and all I can find are re rocking chair etc I can never find the original,are they all removed the next day?
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No, they aren't removed the next day, but there may be some retention problems with your ISP. You might ask them.
In any event, you can try this site out. The rocking chairs are three panels down. http://www.delorie.com/wood/abpw /
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Dave wrote:

It is bigpond and alt.binaries.pictures.woodworking is the only one I have trouble with

Thanks I found some pictures there.
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