Category Archives: Rocking Chairs

Rocking chairs made by Gary Weeks & Company

Pecan Special Editions

Twenty-four years ago, I designed the rocking chair that anchors this business.  We saw ourselves as a Texas company and made the chairs from wood of the state tree of Texas, pecan — selected for heartwood.  As the internet made … Continue reading

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Refinishing a Porch Rocker

We have a mahogany rocking chair on the porch of the showroom.  Last summer, it had been outside for ten years. For maintenance of this rocker, we had done nothing more than wiping it from time to time with a … Continue reading

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Pecan Rockers Again?

In 1992, as I was designing the Weeks Rocker, I was considering what wood to build it out of.  Pecan appealed to me because I have spent many days under the trees, it is the state tree of Texas, and … Continue reading

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A Batch of Mesquite Rocker Back Legs

Mesquite trees do not grow straight or tall. They tend to make multiple trunks and to make branches low to the ground.  They twist. Most mesquite trunks of 12″ in diameter or more have many radial cracks, i.e. cracks from … Continue reading

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Taking Photos of Rocker Making

We build rocking chairs in small batches, or runs, of 8-12, usually of the same species.  We are “running” walnut rockers now and taking photographs of the process.  Some of these photos will appear on this shoplog, some on the … Continue reading

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Cutting Round Tenons on Chair Legs

The tenons on the front legs of our wood seat dining chairs come through the seat and are wedged — making the attractive and obviously strong “through-wedged mortise-and-tenon joint.” The front legs of our chairs intersect the seat at an … Continue reading

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Mortising Seats for Splats

We cut the mortises in our chair seats with a plunge router.  We use a guide bushing fastened to the router and a fixture clamped to each seat in turn.  The splats have no shoulder; we have to precisely fit … Continue reading

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Chairs 2004, and on

In 2004, we were invited to show a chair in England.  We took a rocker and brought home a new horizon. [ link to a report written at the time, … Chairs 2004 ] In 2012, the principle architect of … Continue reading

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Fairing Arms to Back legs

“To fair” means to make a line or surface true to a curve–removing flat places, anomalies, and offsets.  In boat and aircraft building a well-faired surface has less resistance to water or air than a carelessly produced one.  In furnituremaking, … Continue reading

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A Frog on a Chair Leg

In response to a request, I replied, “Yes, we can carve a frog on a rocking chair leg.”  

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Gluing Chair Seats

Our chair seats are always made of seven parts, doweled and glued together.  When we are laying out the parts for chairs on the lumber, we select a board or portion of a board that will make eight, or more, … Continue reading

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Sculpting Rocking Chair Backlegs and Arms at the Edge Sander

We built our edge sander.  The sanding belt is driven by a wooden pulley (5” diameter x 8” high) on the right end of the machine in the picture below.  At the end of the machine opposite the drive pulley, … Continue reading

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Making Rocker Strips

We build the Weeks Rocker in cherry (shown below), walnut, maple, mahogany, and mesquite.  This rocking chair design has proven comfortable and beautiful and has anchored our business for over twenty years.  Our money-back guarantee of comfort and “satisfaction in … Continue reading

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Assembling Splats to Seat

The splats that form the chair back must be precise.  They must line up, creating a true and smooth, contoured surface to lean on, so you feel no edge, no flat, no lump. They must fit their individual mortises, showing … Continue reading

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Matching Chair Parts

Wood of the same species can, and does, vary from tree to tree.  The growth rate affects the figure displayed by the growth rings.  The soil, exposure, and other factors of the site affect the color.   Genetics create differences site-to-site, … Continue reading

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