I rocked too hard on the old rocking chair and broke the 2 rockers. I
do not see a problem with making replacement rockers. Where I see a
problem is fitting the new rockers on to the legs. The 2 legs on each
side are not parrallel to each other. From the bottom of the seat the
distance between them increases towards the bottom. The bottom of the
legs are round tenons, I am unable to figure out how I will be able to
get these tenons into the mortises on the rocker.
Any help will be appreciated!!
Are the "round tenons" really part of the legs, or are they actually dowels? In
chairs I've built, the rockers are the last pieces installed, by way of turning
upside down and drilling down through the rockers into the legs, filling the
up with glue and driving the dowels down through the rockers and into the legs.
probably use a similar approach. If they are in fact integral with the legs and
want to drill them out and use dowels instead, about the only way I could think
to do it
(without disassembling the legs and perhaps many other things as well) would be
to make the
new rockers a saw kerf wider than they need to be, then splitting them down the
the table saw, temporarily clamping them back together, drilling the necessary
holes in the rockers right where the saw had split them in half, then gluing the
back together to "surround" the tenons in the legs. Kinda wacky I know, but not
other approach you could take.
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On Tue, 23 Mar 2010 14:39:47 -0700 (PDT), trvlnmny
Cut tenons in thechair posts, set the chair on the rockers, scribe the
tenon outlines on the rockers, chop the mortises with a chisel and
then secure with screwa from the bottom.
That's how they teach it at Homestead Heritage. Paul Sellers shows the
technique in the Feb 2005 issue of Woodwork Magazine (RIP)
Email me and I will send you a xerox of the page if you can't find the
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