Gather your supplies
- A*End/centre panels (3) 830 x 800 x 19mm exterior plywood
- B Cross-rails (2) 1140 x 200 x 19mm exterior plywood
- C**Wide slats (29) 42 x 19 x 1200mm pine
- D**Narrow slats (15) 19 x 19 x 1200mm pine
- E Wearing strips (3) 20 x 4 X 815mm hardwood
You'll also need
Exterior PVA glue; Cabot’s Water-based Exterior Varnish Stain.
One of life's perfect moments is when you plant yourself in a rocking chair, and start rockin'. But you can improve on perfection. How about a rocking chair for two? Those that rock together...
The chair consists of three curvy plywood shapes, two cross-rails and a heap of timber slats. All up, the cost should be less than $200 if using plain pine, and a little more if using LOSP (light organic solvent preservative) pine for a chair that is to live outdoors. You could design your own rocker and seat shape, but the pattern (opposite) gives you a shape that is really comfortable. To make it, you'll need little more than a jigsaw, hammer, screwdriver, tape, square and a paintbrush (to paint on the stain that protects the timber).
Rocking through history
It's believed that rocking chairs originated in England in the early 1700s, but the concept of rocking horses and cradles is much older. Early designs simply had curved bands fitted to the bottom of ordinary chairs. Rocking chairs were made universally popular in the mid-to-late 1700s in the US, where they became almost an essential piece of furniture for gardens and porches. The term, 'rocking chair', first appeared in the Oxford Dictionary in the late 1700s.