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Kid's rocking chair

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This stylish kid's rocking chair is made with 5 pieces of wood, is held together by just 2 tension bolts, and conveniently collapses flat for shipping or storage. The design template I've provided (PDF below) can be easily scaled to meet any child (or adult) and can be customized in any way you want:  a higher back rest, a personalized cut-out, or a custom rocker sweep. There's no shortage of ways to make this rocker your own.

I based my design off Jeff Miller's child rocking chair design (found free online). I made my rocker as a present for a little girl's birthday and has a smaller profile, it features a heart design cut-out in the back rest and a slightly wider seat to accommodate a few stuffed animals. It's slightly large for her now, but I know she will grow into it in no time and still have many years of enjoyment. This kid's rocking chair design has sides that taper upwards which provide stability, a comfortable angled backrest, and a trailing rocking edge that has a nice taper so you don't do an (un)intentional beckflip after a rigorous rocking.

Ready to make your own?


Tools and materials list for kid's rocking chair:

tools:
  • table saw
  • chop saw
  • router
  • ¼" roundover bit
  • ¾ router bit
  • jigsaw
  • printer (plotter/lasercutter/home printer)
  • rotary tool + metal cutting bit
  • 4mm allen key
materials:
  • 3x 24x36"x¾" plywood sheets
  • paint
  • clear lacquer
  • scrap cardboard
  • 2x ¼"-20x24" threaded rod
  • 4x ¼"-20 treat cap nuts
  • 1x ¼"-20 threaded hex nut
plywood cuts*:
  • 2x side panels: ¾" x 16" x 26"
  • 1x seat panel ¾" x 12-½" x 18-½"
  • 1x back panel 3/4" x 15-3/8" x 24-1/8"
  • 1x strut ¾" x 2-¼" x 17"

*as specified in Jeff Millers plans


 

 
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That is cute! I would like one in my size :D