Rocking chairs offer extreme relaxing experience and are the main reason people love to have a best Glide chair or rocking chair at their home. Have you ever thought of making a rocking chair by yourself? Now a day, you can find rocking chair kits online and offline and it would be easy to assemble and use. But how about manufacturing a rocking chair by yourself? Here under are provided some simple instructions that can help you to make your own rocking chair.
How to Build a Rocking Chair
Selection of wood:
Carry out some research on the wood. Select woods that are strong but nonbreakable. Pinewood is an inexpensive one and good for indoor use. If you wish to use the rocking chair for outdoor use, select oak wood though it is bit expensive.
Size the wood:
Once you have selected the wood, cut the wood into ¾” x 3 ½” x 21” in size.
Do the marking:
By using a router create notches at 5 ½” from the bottom side of both front legs. Also, do marking from the bottom side at 6 ½”. Create notches at the edge of the front leg by using the router. This notch should be ¾” deep. These notches will act as a supporter for the front side of the chair.
Creating the curve cut:
Keeping the top portion straight, which will be the seat portion of the chair, create a curve cut into the bottom side. The curve design can be marked by using a pencil and by using jig saw you can cut the curve through the marking. You can keep the top measurement as 25” long, ¾” thick and 5 ½” wide.
Fitting the front support:
The front legs and top front support of the chair must be in square shape. Use glue and fix the front legs with the front top supporter. In addition to using the glue, secure it further by using screw on both ends. This is the first step of making the rocking chair, and you have to let the front legs and top front support set properly. It will take 8-10 hours for a proper setting.
Creating bottom front support:
After the glued portion is set properly, in this stage the bottom piece of the front support to be screwed with the front legs and secured firmly. The bottom support should have 44” long, ¾” thick and 1 ½” widths. Keep a distance of 1 ½” from the bottom of the front legs to the bottom front support. Use screws to secure the bottom front support and bottom front legs.
Cutting the back legs:
The back leg must be cut into 30″ long, ¾” thick and 3 ½” widths. By using a jig saw create the required curve for the back legs. The cutting has to be provided in such a way that the legs can provide 20 degrees from the ground level. While fixing the seat board, the angles can be further adjusted to the required level.
Support for the seat:
Cut a wooden log into ¾” x 5 ½” x 16″ and use as support for the seat.
Joining front and back legs:
In this section, you may use glue and screw to join back and front legs. The front legs to be fixed with the inside portion of the back legs. Give sufficient time, 8-10 hours for the glue setting. Now create eleven seat boards in ¾” x 1 ½” x 44″ and fix the seat position by using screws and glues. Fix the seat boards from the front portion to back side with a finger gap between the boards.
Creating back support:
Take ¾” x 3 ½” log and cut into 44 inches length. Create ¾” notches by 2” deep and by using glue and screws fix the back support slats. Fix the back support in such a way it can overlap the back support. After the glue is set properly, by using a jig saw you can create the required curve shape it you feel so. While fixing back support slats, make sure to leave a finger gap between the boards.
With a wood size of ¾” x 5 ½” x 25″ you can create the armrest for the chair. By using the jig saw, you can shape up the wood as per your requirement. Fix the armrest by using a support wood and fix it with the back legs allowing some extended portion for the armrest.
The back support curve:
Maintain 20 degrees curve for the back support from the vertical position of the chair. The back support has to be fixed at that level. This will help to have a more balanced weight distribution.
By using two wood pieces of size ¾” x 3 ½” and 44″ long, gluing and fixing together and later smooth its edges by using a wood sander. By using a pencil, draw the curve and cut it through the line by using a jig saw. When the front portion of the curve is more featured, the rear side will be slightly curved. The rockers must be fixed 1 ½” to 5″ after the front legs and 4″ to 9″ after the back legs. Fix the rocker by using glue and screws.
Your best Glide chair is ready. Making a rocker chair by yourself will be a satisfying moment in your life. Smoothen the chair by using mild wood sanding and polish it by using wood warmish. To have a more appealing look, you can do some woodcraft work!