There are literally hundreds of plans for various types of rocking chairs from simple to complex available on line. Van Dyke's offers a good selection of rocker runners in adult and children’s sizes to suit most rocker projects. Here are a few tips to consider no matter what style rocker you have decided to build.
- Decide what type of wood you want to use for making your rocking chair. Van Dyke's runners are available in oak or maple. We recommend using a hard wood instead of a soft wood like pine.
- Cut out each piece of the rocker according to your plans – seat, back, legs, arms.
- Cut notches as described in your project plans and be careful to follow directions carefully to make sure pieces will fit properly.
- Assemble the pieces working from front to back.
- Place the completed rocker on the runners before drilling holes to determine the best placement. The front of the runner should extend 1 1/2 inches to 5 inches beyond the front leg and 4 to 9 inches beyond the back legs depending on the length of the runner and the distance between your front and back posts.
- Use a level to determine proper placement and mark with a pencil. Turn chair upside down and measure distance between front and back leg posts and transfer this measurement to the runner you just measured.
- Once assembled, paint or stain. If it is being used outdoors, apply at least two coats or a weather-resistant coating.