Walnut Glider

My wife, Patsy and I were considering the rocking chair experience with respect to new mothers and decided that we needed to have a foot glider to match the chair. It must function effortlessly, be beautiful and be very durable. I have come up with a great design and am making the first one in Walnut with a brown leather top. To get the smooth movement I was looking for I made 8 custom axles by welding bolts and skateboard bearings together. The piece is a little complicated to build and finish. That fact coupled with the leather makes for an expensive glider. I’ll have to work on that.

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Working with Mesquite

I just finished making a mesquite rocker. It is gorgeous. Normally, a rocker takes about 90 hours to make but this one required an additional 10 hours to work on the wood fractures. I started out with what appeared to be clear solid boards. As I began the carving process, fractures in the wood began to appear. This is the norm for mesquite and generally an attractive part of the finished product. A fracture in mesquite might appear as a small dark check in the grain or as a small hole or it can be a very large gouge. My goal is to fill the entire fracture with epoxy. Even when the fracture appears small it usually isn’t and when you think you have the hole filled you usually don’t. If you’re patient, eventually you reach a point where the hole will not take any more epoxy and you’re ready to move on with the chair. The final results are generally well worth the extra effort. As I mentioned above, mesquite is a gorgeous wood.

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