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I just finished a Teddy Bear rocker for my 1 year old granddaughter, Lily's first birthday.

It is made from red oak, and poplar. I purchased the original plans from Rockler. I was disappointed in the plans. They came half-scale so I had to spend more money to get them copied to full scale and the drawings had no dimensions, just the square grid. I was still able to get it all together.

I stained it a medium brown with Cabot oil based pecan stain. The nose and eyes were stained using Minwax dark walnut. I finished it with 3 coats of Minwax oil based polyurethane.

I carved out the ear pattern using my Dremel and a burring bit.

Overall, I am very happy with how it turned out since I have not completed a furniture type project in over 15 years. I have been too busy with home renovation projects.
 

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That's cool.

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Very nicely done,it is a family heirloom
 

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Rich that really looks good. Some ones going to be very happy.
 

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and get it together you did Rich......
that rocker is a work of art...
be surprised if your grand daughter doesn't have love affair w/ it...
 

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Very nice. I'm sure your granddaughter will cherish it for years to come.
 

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That's lovely and sure to be appreciated in the years to come.
 

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Thanks for all the kind comments. I'm planning on doing more furniture type projects going forward. The wife does have a list of renovation projects for the retirement place we purchased in Georgia back in May so I will need to balance the work projects and the fun projects.
 

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I purchased the original plans from Rockler. I was disappointed in the plans. They came half-scale so I had to spend more money to get them copied to full scale and the drawings had no dimensions, just the square grid. I was still able to get it all together.
Nice chair. I've never made one in that style, but been making kids puzzle rocking chairs for maybe 20 years.

It would never even have occurred to me to get plans copied like that. I'd just mark a double size grid on paper and copy the original, box by box. It works very well. Years ago my now ex-dau-in-law wanted a pair of the Xmas reindeer yard ornaments. I wasn't about to pay $19 each for the plans. So, laid out a small grid on a photo, a larger grid on plywood, and copied the lines in the small grid to the large grid. The finished reindeer came out excellent. I never made another, found out I hated making them, still got the plywood patterns.
 
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