Make a Chair That Rocks

A little geometry and a simple prototype ensure a pleasant ride.

By Jeff Miller
Pages: 48-51

From the October 2011 issue #192
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I recently set out to design and build a new rocking chair. I’ve designed and built a handful of rockers, but my past efforts didn’t rock as well as I would have liked. I have confidence in my ability to make a comfortable “regular” chair, but it seemed like I was dealing with an entirely different problem with a rocker. So I decided to look a bit more carefully than before into what makes a rocking chair “work.”  I wanted to understand the geometry of a rocking chair in hopes that I could improve my overall results.

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From the October 2011 issue #192
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