Joseph Mulherin, Sr.
I bought some MDF and made the forms for the rockers and back braces.
Cut the boards to 12? width, glued then together, glued and cut the patterns
onto them using my 11" Shopsmith bandsaw; then screwed some 1" angle iron pieces to the middle of the forms so the lams, when cut and glued up, will stay inline when they are squeezed into the forms. Today I glued up the chair patterns I received from Hal Taylor to some 1/2" plywood, then cut the patterns out on the bandsaw. Only lost one blade in all the cutting...my 1/2" one so will have to buy another from Shopsmith(72"s).
Am making the chairs using ALDER. It is almost as hard as OAK, but less expensive, and will stain nicely for the family's decors. Am planning on making several chairs for family members over this next year... 4 large, 3 medium, 2 small, and also have the plans for child's chairs which I will be making about 4 of them for my grandkids and greatgrandkids.
You can see the chairs at www.rockingchairuniversity.com; and also use www.rpckingchairplans.com to purchase the plans from Hal Taylor directly.
If and when I discover how to use those damn cameras I shall send pics every so often as I progress.