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    I'm retired and bored . . .

    and I have built both these chairs.

    https://www.sustainlife.org/product-...aking-courses/

    I have made three craftsman rockers and five Brazos rockers.

    I need a new design to build.

    Any suggestions?

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    Windsor chair

    Hal Taylor rocker

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    Maloof style sculptured rocker-- maybe a two seat settee style. Or perhaps a table to set next to the rockers. Or an upholstered style chair in any style ranging from art nouveau to MCM.

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    Maybe something besides chairs?

    John

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    When I get caught up on my list of builds I make boxes. There’s just no end to box designs
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    I also made the Windsor chair in that collection. I would have to buy a lathe or do you think I it would be feasible to make hexagons and then plane then plane and spoke shave the edges to round? Have any of you done that?

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    Morris chair that reclines? Find the cushions first and modify the design so they fit.
    Bill D.

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    Queen Anne highboy. Carved cockle shell and all. That will keep you busy for quite a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Dufour View Post
    Morris chair that reclines? Find the cushions first and modify the design so they fit.
    Bill D.
    That's what I was going to suggest. Those look like nice chairs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lowell holmes View Post
    ... I would have to buy a lathe or do you think I it would be feasible to ...
    I recommend adding a lathe! Not only can you turn legs and such but zillions of other things. Never be bored again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by John K Jordan View Post
    I recommend adding a lathe! Not only can you turn legs and such but zillions of other things. Never be bored again.

    JKJ
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    A lathe is a good idea Lowell. Harbor Freight sells one for about $300 (less if coupon) plus another $60 for tools. I have one and it's a pretty nice (basic) machine.

    An off the wall idea that I stumbled on when I was bored myself recently: chip carving. If your hands are in pretty good shape (no arthritis, etc) it will cost less than $100 to get started.

    Fred
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    Lowell,
    What if you took up pencil and paper and set about coming up with your own designs? You could use pieces that appeal to you as a jumping off point.

    I would think for yourself and your family, original pieces that were designed by you would have a special meaning. Original design takes you into the realm of models, mock-ups, iterative design refinements, but incredibly rewarding and 100% yours.

    Release the Kraken!

    Edwin

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    Quote Originally Posted by lowell holmes View Post
    and I have built both these chairs.

    https://www.sustainlife.org/product-...aking-courses/

    I have made three craftsman rockers and five Brazos rockers.

    I need a new design to build.

    Any suggestions?
    Or maybe get into some metal working projects to augment your woodworking skills.
    David

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    Lowell, You can certainly make an octagon round with spokeshaves.

    I've gotten a lot of satisfaction doing some green woodworking this last couple years.

    I also enjoy my lathe. It gives me options in the flat world, but also allows me to use a lot of 'found' wood. I hesitate to recommend getting a lathe though, because it really can be addictive and a $$ sink. It's a wonderful complement to the flat work we do, tho. I'd recommend you visit a local turning club. The first meeting(ish) is usually free and the communities are usually SO helpful, I bet you'll be able to find a used lathe, used tools, and tutelage quite easily.

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