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My next chair

I love to build things. That probably comes with being a scientist: the challenge of making a bunch of things fit together. I’ve built much of the furniture we have in the house, plus a couple of canoes, clocks, and the like.

Because of my bad knees, a couple of years ago I built myself a Morris Chair for my office.

morrischairThis chair is very comfortable and great for working on a laptop. With a laptop on your lap, and the wide armrests are perfect for mousing on one side and for standing a tea cup or plate of sushi on the other.

The project I’m working on right now is a Maloof-style rocking chair. It’s great fun to take a pile of boards, and turn it into something.

Here’s the pile of boards:

The chair as boards

Here’s the chair with only legs:

First parts together.


And here’s those boards changed into almost all of the parts to become the rocker:

All the parts side view.


Now comes a lot of shaping and fairing with spokeshaves and rasps. I’ll post more when the rocker’s done.

UPDATE (7 July 2010): It’s done!

Finished Rocker

The finished maple rocker.



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1 Comment

  1. Ted

    I’ve always admire people who are gifted with their hands creating beautiful wood creations. I’ve been playing guitar for 30 years and since the beginning of purchasing my guitars, I always had an eye out for the type of wood in the construction of a guitar, acoustic or electric. I have a circa 1977 Martin D-35 with a beautiful Brazilian rosewood back. My current electric guitar, a Yamaha USA 1 guitar has a beautiful flamed maple top. Obviously, you have the “chops” no pun intended to create wood creations of all sorts, canoes, clocks, rocking chair, various furniture pieces . . . any thoughts on building ukuleles, acoustic guitars, solid body electric guitars, semi acoustic jazz guitars?



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