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Custom wooden rocking chair design & build blog

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Black & White Ebony rocking chair oil finish time lapse application

Watch as I apply my oil/poly finish to a sculpted rocking chair built from Canadian Black Walnut highlighted on the back supports with Black and White Ebony.

Music : Brull - Redwood



Build your own bespoke rocking chair 10 day course - Kevins chair











Walnut & Cocobolo solid wood rocking chair photo shoot!

Please enjoy my most recent rocking chair. This chair has a main body built from Canadian Black Walnut, the back braces are highlighted with band saw cut grain matched cocobolo.












Handmade sculpted bespoke music stands are born, follow along!

Follow along with pictures of a few music stands being built using Walnut, Curly Maple, Bubinga and Wenge.

Here we start with all the legs and centre sections freshly cut on the band saw.

I saved a beautiful piece of 3’ thick bubinga, it has some beautiful figure hidden under it’s rough exterior. I did not want to waste any of this beautiful timber so I decided to re saw the board on the band saw. This used my entire 20’’ of re saw capability.

There we have it, now for the next step.

I’ve now squared up the billets for centre sections of the base.

About to glue up the centre section, I make a half circle in each piece first then glue together to create a full circle.

These will be the centre posts, I have drilled for the dowel to reinforce the joint.

There you have it glued up and made round!

Before & after Walnut, Curly Maple & Wenge

Adding an accent piece to the top of the centre sections of the base

The one stand will have Wenge as the highlight here i’m glueing a small piece together, I don’t like to waste

There you have it highlights added to the top of each centre post, also the stopped dados have been milled

Laying out for the best possible grain flow while also avoiding defects

All four posts have now been milled round just need to be sanded

Joinery cut in the leg sections, the floating tenon be Festool

This is the clamping caul I devised to apply the pressure evenly along the joint

The coves have been added to the centre sections, they flow into each leg section

About to glue up the leg joint with floating tenons

Let the wood chips fly!

Sanded smooth!

Detail shot of the highlight piece glue lines, not bad.

Another view, you can see the hole for the dowel which will attach to the sheet music holder

It’s time to glue the leg sections to the centre sections of the base

Wood rocket ships?

One last glue up for the night, can’t wait for the morning!

Clamps removed, glue up success!

Sculpted and almost all sanded

Parts for the sheet music holders

There we have it! (-:

After many many long hours almost all the pieces are fabricated

Voila almost ready for finish

Beautiful Bubinga with Wenge and brass pins for reinforcement 

Before & after shaped Wenge threaded adjustment knobs

Finish applied to all the parts, we’re ready for assembly

At a recent show in Bracebridge, Ontario, Canada

bubinga music stand
bubinga music stand sculpted







Muskoka Arts & Crafts show - Bracebridge July 18,19,20

This past weekend was the Muskoka Arts & Craft Show in Bracebridge, Ontario. I was honoured to receive the award BEST IN SHOW! I’d like to thank every one involved.

This banner was given which hung in my booth for the entirety of the show.

best in show award arts and crafts

The weather was great, the rain held off on Sunday and we were blessed with with Sun on Friday and Saturday.

I decided to build a stud frame floor from 10’ long 2x4’s. I have a piece of vinyl flooring that unrolls easily and looks just like a pretty nice hard wood floor.

This is how my booth looked on the Sunday, with rain on the horizon all day, I decided to put on the walls just in case of a sneak attack from mother nature. The tents are each 10 x 10, expand and pop up very easily.

From left to right Cherry side table, Walnut settee, Sculpted rocking chair, Bubinga Music Stand

Bubinga music stand, Walnut & Birdseye Maple dining chair, sculpted Walnut counter stool, Walnut bar stools with cafe table.

Cafe table with Walnut bar stool, Cherry natural edge waterfall side table and a beautiful book matched 2’’ thick live edge coffee table.

A hit of the show was my most recent rocking chair which is actually a double rocking chair built from some of the best 2’’’ thick Curly Maple i’ve ever seen from Southern Ontario. Wenge highlights in the bent laminated rockers.

One of my favourite wood combinations i’ve used, beautiful Canadian Black Walnut and Curly Big Leaf Maple

This small sculpted rocking chair has an extreme contrast between the Curly Maple and Wenge

Finally the view from my booth


Until next year!



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