The fun with this rocker project was the time that I got to spend with my son over the Thanksgiving holiday.
After he finished scaling the drawing from Matt Nauman’s picture and making the AutoCAD drawing (misstated on first posting) we made up a mockup out of plywood. This was a pretty rough affair but was done only to make sure of the position of the person rocking wasn’t too high. I didn’t want my son or anyone else tipping over!
This is what the mockup looked like:
OK, so it is pretty rough looking. This mockup was to determine function, not aesthetics’. It worked, but we added a “stopper” at the back of the rocker to keep from rolling over onto your head. And we added arm rests, just because…. This rough looking rocker will be used for patterns for the final products. We are currently in the process of cutting material and gluing it up. More to come in my next post…
A year or so ago, my son was home browsing through one of my Fine Woodworking magazines. He saw this Rocking Adirondack designed and made by Mathew Nauman, a student at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. My son asked me if I could build it and I said sure. My confidence in my abilities was probably a little overblown!
I scaled out the design from this picture and made the attached CAD drawing.
We made a mockup out of plywood to make sure it would rock since my son actually wants to use it. We added arm rests and changed the rockers a little to accommodate them. The mock up is serving as a pattern for the rockers and I have started the task of making them.
My son is coming home for Thanksgiving a day early to help me out. I am looking forward to the quality time we will be spending together!
More to come as our project progresses…