Here greg is trimming his coopered headrest at a 6 degree angle to fit in between the rear legs
Test fitting the coopered headrests
The headrests are now trimmed to length and the top and bottom curves have been cut
Beautiful unique one of a kind wedge rocking chair seat wrapped in curly maple
Sculpting the seat joints using an angle grinder & a kutzall solid carbide shaping wheel
Bent laminated rocking chair back braces or supports made from curly maple, wedge, and quilted maple
This is me Paul Lemiski with my idea for a beautiful rocking chair wood combination built from Curly Maple and Wenge
Fitting the rocking chair headrest, after coopering, shaping and sanding.
Sand sand sand!
Still sanding, all my pieces are sanded from 120-150 grit all the way through to 1000 then burnished with a wool pad before the hand rubbed oil / varnish finish is applied.
90% of all sanding gets done on the chair before the rockers are attached to the legs
About to trim the rockers to flow into our leg bottoms
Rockers have been trimmed to flow with some nice fair curves into the leg bottoms, the top side then gets a round over before being attached to the chair
The seat is built from Quilted Maple wrapped in Canadian Black Walnut. The seat was created using multiple layers that have been glued together in the vacuum bag
The final details, here Greg is filling a small defect with 2 part epoxy coloured with black pigment
Getting very close now to being finished, just hours and hours of sanding left
Sanded to a polish!
The chair is now complete, the 3 part oil / poly finish has been wiped on, now we wait and wipe off in about 30 minutes
Done! We waited and wiped the finish off this allows the finish to soak into the wood and offer a slow building finish that is really easy to apply and maintain
The teacher Paul Lemiski & the student Greg…… Great job I must admit!
Always a big smile at the end but who am I kidding we had a big smile from picking up the first piece of raw lumber to loading the chair into Gregs truck, we had a great 10 days and we both built a beautiful rocking chair that will be around for generations. Congrats on the new addition to your family Greg, and i’m not talking about the chair. That is a smile of a soon to be dad! Way to go!