Adirondack Rocking Chair

My Grandpa Chair plan has become my best seller in the last few years, and my Customers have asked many times for a rocking chair plan in my Adirondack style. Since the Grandpa Chair is more upright, it seemed better as a rocker, than the original low profile chair.

Most upper parts are the same, but the seat is now at 14 1/2" (36.83 cm) off the ground, typical of most rockers. This allows the average height person to rock with feet flat on the ground. I copied a rocker from an old large wicker rocking chair, and extended it by 3 inches. The long gentle curve allows for a slow, comfortable rocking motion, and it's still easy to get out. The rocker has 21" (53.4 cm) seat slats, 2" (5.1 cm) wider than the original chair. I have kept the height of the Grandpa Chair back, so that taller people can rest their head. The Rocker also has the curved back seat slat , to match the curve of the back slats. This eliminates the "butt-bite", of the original design, caused by the space left between the back slats and the last seat slat. The arms are still 7 1/2" (19cm) wide, and will hold a dinner plate or magazine, and comfortably rest your arms with coffee in long as you don't rock of course ! The plans allow a few variations to the construction, dependent upon your tools and available wood. The rocker template also can be reduced 1/4" (.64 cm) in height to allow for the addition of a hardwood runner on the bottom, to alleviate wear on softer wood. The rockers taper in at the back, like most rocking chairs. This also centers the legs on the 3" wide rockers for a more balanced look.

Plans also include pictures and dimensions of the taper sled I use on my table saw, to cut the back slats and back support pieces. Dimensions - 34"W x 37"D x 45 1/2"H (86.4cmW x 94cmD x 115.5cmH)

Click on the PDF icon below, to see the complete instructions. You can purchasemailed full size patterns here,as well asdownloadable CAD files andDWG orDXF files for CNC routers in myEtsyshop.

"For those about to rock....we salute you"



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    Question 9 months ago on Introduction

    Where do I find out how much wood and size of wood I need. It's not on the pdf instructions or on the fold out olans


    1 year ago

    Good design! I like to bend and laminate rockers though, They seem to last longer on stone floors that way.

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    Reply 9 months ago

    Thanks. You will see that there are instructions to laminate a 1/4" layer of hardwood to the bottom of the rockers. Then you can replace it if it wears too much.


    Reply 1 year ago

    Thanks ! I added a strip of 1/4" hardwood to the rocker bottoms to alleviate that issue. My issue here at the cottage is I am thinking of adding a strip of PVC to the bottom of the rockers, arms or side panels of my chairs.



    2 years ago

    Instructing us to buy. Kind of defeats the meaning of instructables.