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:
*as specified in Jeff Millers plans
Step 1: Rocker sides
I decided to forgo the calculations shown in the original design. Instead I copied the page showing the calculations for the dado jig and the side panel pattern and combined them making my own template to trace from. Using this method I only need one template for both sides by flipping the template over.
You're welcome to calculate the angles yourself, or you can use the files I've provided to just print your own template. While the outline of the side panel can be scaled from the template I've provided you'll need to ensure to match your dado thickness with the thickness of your plywood.
After downloading the template or calculating your own, print/scribe your plan. If printing, you can use a plotter, laser cutter, or on your home computer using a tiled printing method like Block Posters (aka Rasterbator). You will only need one rocker side template for the printed method as we can just flip it over to trace the opposite side.
Download the PDF (below) or select picture 2 (above) from this step and "save as" to your computer.