How We Make a Rocking Chair

makers and rocking chair parts in woodshop

In this subsection of the website, we describe and illustrate a few of the steps for
each part or process and the craftsmanship we invest
to make our rocking chairs the best.

You can follow the steps in order by clicking the button at the bottom of this page,
and you can see all the steps in the navigation menu.


We typically cut out the parts for ten or twelve rocking chairs and work them until they are ready to assemble. Then we spread them out and match them into chairs, number them, and put them in a rack.

We assemble a couple of rockers a day (or other items) from matched and numbered parts on the rack as we cut out another batch of rocking chairs, dining chairs, or whatever.

ring binder, open to shop notes

Order of Operations

We have a ring binder entitled, "Rocking Chair Shop Notes." Each rocking chair part has a section: seats, back legs, arms, and so forth. We refer to this notebook for essential dimensions and settings and to keep the chair making steps in order. There are 178 steps in this book--the assembly, sculpting, sanding, and finishing steps are not included.

two Weeks rocking chairs, cherry and walnut in studio

May the World be Blessed by the Work of Our Hands

(Our shop's variation on a Unitarian Welcome.)