My Grandpa Chair plan has become my best seller in the last few
years, and my Customers have asked many times for a rocking chair plan in my Adirondack style. Since the Grandpa
Chair is more upright, it seemed better as a rocker, than the original low profile chair.
Most upper parts are the same, but the seat is now at 14 1/2"
(36.83 cm) off the ground, typical of most rockers. This allows the average height person to rock with feet flat
on the ground. I copied a rocker from an old large wicker rocking chair, and extended it by 3 inches. The long
gentle curve allows for a slow, comfortable rocking motion, and it's still easy to get out.
The rocker has 21" (53.4 cm) seat slats, 2" (5.1 cm) wider than the
original chair. I have kept the height of the Grandpa Chair back, so that taller people can rest their head. The
Rocker also has the curved
back seat slat , to
match the curve of the back slats. This eliminates the "butt-bite", of the original design, caused by
the space left between the back slats and the last seat slat.
The arms are still 7 1/2" (19cm)
wide, and will hold a dinner plate or magazine, and comfortably rest your
arms with coffee in hand.....as long as you don't rock of course !
The plans allow a few variations to the construction, dependent upon your tools
and available wood. The rocker template also can be reduced 1/4" (.64 cm) in height to allow for the addition
of a hardwood runner on the bottom, to alleviate wear on softer wood. The rockers taper in at the back,
like most rocking chairs. This also centers the legs on the 3" wide rockers for a more balanced look.
I changed the front legs to 1 1/4" (3.18 cm) stock to allow more room for
the screws through the bottom. There are only four different parts compared to the Grandpa Chair, so for my many
previous Customers, I sell a Retrofit Kit for those who already have the
Grandpa templates made.
Plans also include pictures and dimensions of the taper sled I use on my table
saw, to cut the back slats and back support pieces.
Please check your spam & trash folders for any emailed instructions
or plan purchases.
plans include part sizes in standard & metric dimensions, assembly instructions with matching step by step
color photos, parts pictures and full size paper cut-outs, which you can trace onto hardboard for permanent templates. Each is lettered in order
of assembly, and the legs are marked for bolt locations. You will be emailed
the assembly instructions with my Paypal receipt, so you can start purchasing
the materials and doing the straight cuts. The full size paper cut-outs will be mailed within 48 hours via Canada
Post lettermail. Shipping costs are calculated in the shopping cart by country and dollar value. Please allow 6
to 10 business days for delivery out of Canada.
These downloadable plans
include everything necessary to start building as soon as you have your patterns printed. The instructions and
CAD generated PDF of FULL SIZE PATTERNS will
be emailed within 24 hours. You can print the patterns on your plotter, or take the PDF on a memory stick to your local print shop for pickup.
DWG files ready for
the CNC, are available on Etsy. The CAD files
cannot be converted.
Digital Rocking Chair Plans - $7.95
Digital Rocker Retrofit Kit Plans - $4.95
( ADD THIS TO THE GRANDPA PLAN TO MAKE THE ROCKING CHAIR )