In order to create an arm with a deep sweeping profile and also meet the front leg and back leg joints, the stock needed to be 2 1/2″ thick or 10/4. The boards I purchased were only 8/4 requiring me to do a glue up to achieve the appropriate thickness. Instead of gluing two, 2″ thick boards together and cutting off a lot of waste, I decided to cut into one of my 10″+ boards to create 4, 5″ wide pieces. I then re-sawed them using the table saw to 1 5/16″. The picture gallery the will be posted next shows them being glued up and then jointed and planed to 2 1/2″. The arms are also book matched, meaning the two blanks were originally connected across their width as one 10″ wide board. Enjoy.
This is the video of the rocker front legs being turned on the lathe. Thanks to Phil Gautreau, resident turner at 3rd Ward, for filming and getting me set up on the lathe after a seven-year hiatus.
This video was shot during the SAW table top build and shows the circle plunge router jig in action. The jig itself is made of 1/4″ thick acrylic and fit specifically for the Milwaukee plunge router seen here. The jig works by measuring the radius of the circle from the inside edge of the bit you are using and drilling a hole to send a screw into the bottom of your circle. Then you are able to plunge into the wood and work around the circle. This works best if you have already drawn out your diameter in pencil and band saw close to that line so you only have to remove about 1/8″ or less of material.