Rockin Chair Repair

A friend of mine contacted me to see if I could help him repair his grandfathers rocking chair. I told him I would be happy to help. These are the pictures he sent.


When I got the chair and assessed the damage I really didn’t know how I wanted to start. If I placed new joinery above the rockers it would make for a week spot. So I asked if I could shorten the good side and bring the taper diameter of the legs down to fit in the rockers. They approved it and off I went.


I do a lot of antique repair and have never shared this with you guys. I do it for friends and the antiques themselves.

Please be careful. Some of the things I do are dangerous. It is not my fault if you get hurt. Use your brain, be safe.

12 Responses to Rockin Chair Repair

  1. Thomas Tieffenbacher aka docSavage45 says:


    Must be the shanty Irish in ye! Much simpler way than I would have done it. LOL! Gotta remember to KISS!

    Just saw your post in my emails ,and came by to see your mischief.

  2. Hey Dave, I just did the exact same thing to a kitchen chair of my daughters, but it was the back of the chair that wound up an inch shorter. I’m pretty sure the same music was playing in the background. I just didn’t do the secondary dowels. Nice job on grampa’s chair. Keep on rockin brother!

    • David Bardin says:

      Thanks Don. It had me puzzled for a while. I don’t like repairs with a whole lot of hardware hanging out. Leave it to wood and glue if possible. With yours being an inch shorter in the rear. It will just sit back a little better.
      Thanks for stopping by.

  3. roger says:

    Nice repair. I was waitin on the welder to be fired up..And, hey, nuttin’s better than some Celtic Women rockin the shop down.

  4. JL7 says:

    So now you’re singing in your videos too….you’ve come a long ways from RED OAK!

    Nice save on Grandpas rocker. You are just full of tricks….


    • David Bardin says:

      Jeff you made me laugh out loud. Yes a long way from red oak. Just helping a friend out. You know how that goes, you have helped so many yourself. That to will come back to you.
      You are a true friend!
      Never change.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Antique repair can be very rewarding! Your bucking the modern trend of disposable everything.

  6. DIYaholic says:

    A great save there, SUPER-Electric-Dave!!!

    I noticed that although you do use mostly hand tools, (I’ll forgive the electric drill), you do kill more electrons than you let onto!!! The sound track from the stereo/radio is courtesy of electricity. I’ll also forgive that because the tunes are great tunes!!!

    Carry on….

    • David Bardin says:

      Randy my main man. I do use power tools. I have Ac and internet to. Glad you could come by and check out the blog. You always do and that is appreciated.
      Got ta have the tunes. My wife looks at me funny when I get on a Celtic kick.
      Carring ONNNNNN……….

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