Custom wooden rocking chair design & build blog
This is day 2 in the construction of a pair of Cherry Armless Bar Stools.
I have the seats roughed out and the leg joints finished on the seat. I've created half of the Maloof joint by creating notches in the seat then routing a rabbit on the top and bottom to create a tongue. Next I have to cut our legs to size then create the dado or groove where the leg attaches to the seat. I created a tongue that is bout 1'' with by 1/2'' deep, so of course we will have to make the dado to correspond to those measurements.
In the photo I'm cutting out the initial leg shape after tracing the template, after many many hours using a band saw you get pretty good at this! Below you can see how much i've trimmed off the leg. Where the leg attaches to the seat gets left square so we are able to cut our dado on all 3 sides for the front legs and 2 sides for the rear leg.
The beginnings of another set of stools, this time built out of solid 2'' thick Canadian Black Cherry. All of our cherry, walnut and maple is procured from the local timber supply, cut and dried locally and now being used to build some beautiful Armless Bar Stools.
First we spend some time choosing the material were going to use, this is a very important step that is sometimes over looked.
In this next pictures, you can see the 2 seats with the notches in them for the Maloof joint. I've also cut out the blanks for the front and rear legs, and begun the initial shaping.
Look at the grain! I can't wait to start grinding the seat to shape, thats when the grain really comes to life.
Here is the Maloof joint designed by Sam Maloof to attach chair legs to a seat. It is a exposed mortis and tenon joint that really locks in the leg to the seat. This type of joinery is about the strongest leg joint i've come across.
I was invited to participate in the Toronto Art Expo, I have my a custom rocking chair, bar stools and a cafe table on display in booth #102.
Here is booth #102 where I have my custom rocking chair and bar stools on display. There is some very interesting art and sculptures here.
Here is my custom walnut rocking chair with zebra wood accents on the back of the chair. I really like how it looks with the pictures on the walls with my chair contrasting them.