Draw the outline of the rockers onto the side of the board. Make sure the angle is the same for both boards. The middle of the board should be the thickest part of the rocker, and the ends should taper to a slightly thinner measurement. Keep the bottom and top edges rounded similar to a happy face. A simple porch rocking chair can be made by cutting two rails out of a piece of 2×6 or other material. These two rails are then shaped to match the curve of the rails. As a general guideline, the front and back ends of the rails should be approximately 1 1/2 to 2 inches above the floor when they are at full rest. I slipped them into the frame, and drilled a few screws upwards, through the chair frame, and into my new 2 x 4 supports. One for the right, and one for the left… Here you can see my supports in place, and the top of my swivel/rocker base before it was attached. I’d love to convert the slipper chair (shown here) into a rocker for my baby’s nursery. Any guidance would be much appreciated! (Note: Include a pic of your problem and your question gets posted first. The frame of the chair has a piece of wood across the back and the front, but the piece in the front is lower than the one in the back, so he screwed the 1×2 onto the front side in order to make a level surface for the plywood to sit on. A recliner has the same shape and size as a regular chair, but includes a small lever or handle on one side, as well as moving parts within. Pulling the handle will make the bottom of the chair pull out .
Make the top front support interesting by keeping the top straight (the seat will rest upon the top), and cutting a curve into the bottom. Draw the curve you like with a pencil, then use a jig saw to cut the shape. The measurements of the top front support should be 3/4 inches thick, 5 1/2 wide at the ends and 25 inches long. Take matters into your own hands and convert a chair you already own. That’s right, you can make your own glider by converting an upholstered chair. Dina of Honey and Fitz converted her vintage upholstered chair into a functional glider wtih great success. What we did was measure the distance from the front and back legs on the chair itself, then transferred that onto the runners. With rocking chairs, some people like the chair centered on the runners, and some people prefer it closer to the front. It’s just preference. For a nursery rocking chair, the arc of the rockers should be very small. Calculate the arc to rise one to 1 1/2 inches from the cent to the tips of the rockers. For the length, the rockers are generally equal to the horizontal distance from the tip of the chair back to the front edge of the seat, plus three inches. .