How To Build Rocking Chair Legs

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A rhythmic rocking motion both relaxes and helps alleviate stress for many people. Rocking chairs are aesthetically pleasing as well as therapeutic. You can purchase a rocking chair from a number of furniture stores, second-hand outlets or flea markets. If you enjoy woodworking, however, you can make a rocking chair yourself. The legs of the rocking chair must be in a symmetrical relationship to ensure the chair sits and moves evenly on the floor.

Things You'll Need

  • 13-inch piece of wood
  • Pencil
  • Band saw
  • Safety gloves and goggles
  • T-bevel sliding square
  • Power drill
  • Table clamps
  • Fine sandpaper
  • Thickness planer
  • Rag
  • Stain or varnish
  • Trace with a pencil the pattern of your rocking chair leg onto a piece of wood large enough to accommodate it. This gives you enough room to shape the leg to your specifications. The pattern helps you customize the leg to a particular style. Do this on a piece of scrap wood first to help prevent mistakes on your working piece. Use the same pattern on both legs, front and back, to ensure equal sizing.

  • Use a band saw to cut the design out of your source wood.

  • Line up the legs with the rockers you'll be sliding them into. Set the angle at which the leg goes into the rocker using a t-bevel sliding square, and saw the angle into the end of the legs as needed.

  • Drill holes into the legs where the other chair parts fit in, using a power drill. Clamp the legs to your work table while doing this to prevent movement that hampers the drilling process.

  • Sand the legs, using fine sandpaper, to smooth out any roughness in the texture and to round off any edges that need it. Use a thickness planer if necessary to reduce the leg's thickness while smoothing it out. Wipe away any sand or dust with a rag.

  • Apply a stain or varnish to the legs to give them both color and a durable finish.

Tips & Warnings

  • A band saw can injure you. Wear protective gloves and goggles when using a band saw.
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