This project took us about 5.5 hours total labor and 48 hours drying time.
Step 1: Gather Materials
2 - 24×48×1boards (A)
2 - 8×48×3/4 boards (cut in to 4 - 2' planks) (B)
1 - 10×48×3/4 boards (cut into 2 - 2' planks) (C)
24 - 3" wood screws
Small can stain or clear coat or paint if you choose
String and pencil
We worked off of the details and images shown here:
Step 2: Cut Pieces - 8 Total
Mark 1 of the larger boards A in the center along one edge (24").
To draw the arch for cutting, we tied a string around a pencil.
Hold the string firmly at the center point you have marked.
Pull the string to whatever height you'd prefer your finished product to be. On the website above the finished product is 14" tall. (We made ours slightly taller at 19".) Holding the pencil straight and steady, draw your arch on to the wood. Our arch ended 6 inches on either side of the board. (To clarify: the arch does not go completely to the floor. When finished the board is straight for several inches before the arch begins. We find this deters the boat from tipping hazard. If your arch is shorter than ours, please just make sure this detail is maintained.)
Once the first board is marked, make your cut.
Use this board as a template to mark your second board.
Cut second board.
About 1 hour
Step 3: Sand and Stain Pieces
Stain/coat/paint if desired. (Highly recommend!!)
about 1.5 hours plus 48 hours drying time
Step 4: Measure and Mark: Board A
(all measurements go from floor to bottom of boards)
Step 1/Lowest step (boards B) 3" high and 3" in from the end.
Step 2/Middle step (boards B) 9" high and 6" in from the end.
Top step/platform (boards C) 15" high, both planks side by side with the seam at the center of the arches.
Measure and mark for drilling on board A:
2 screws per plank. 1.5" in from each end on planks B and 2" in from each end on planks C.
There should be 12 holes marked.
about 1 hour 30 minutes (most of this was figuring where to put things. likely week take less time if following measurements guide above.)
Step 5: Clamp and Drill Boards A
about 15 minutes
Step 6: Mark and Drill Boards B and C
Drill in to planks B & C. 24 holes total.
about 30 minutes, 2 people
Step 7: Assembly
about 45 minutes 2 people
Step 8: Notes
*in hindsight we would not have added inches to the overall height. We are still happy with our finished product, but might be happier in the long run if it were shorter and the stairs were a bit closer together.
*we are NOT professional builders by any means. This is simply the detailed list of steps we/mostly my husband took in building this based only on the link mentioned in step 1.
*even with the extra height it is very VERY difficult to tip over when rocking. My husband tried several times in many different ways.
*we may still add dowels to the middle on the rocker/boat side. I will update of we do.