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How to

Double up your rocking pleasure

Published May 5, 2007


A warm summer evening, a cool drink and the gentle motion of a rocking chair on the porch is one of life's great combinations. The only way to make it better is to share the moment . This handsome double porch rocker project is a comfortable (and affordable) way for do-it-yourselfers to do just that.

Made from standard cedar lumber (as pictured; other woods may be substituted), the chair features classic Mission styling that looks great on any porch or patio. The project calls mostly for straight cuts and features full-size patterns for the curves on the rockers and the seat.

Construction is straightforward. First, trace the patterns onto wood and cut out the pieces. Next, sand everything, drill pilot holes and assemble using glue and screws. Once assembly is complete, the chair may be oiled, sealed, painted or stained as preferred.

The double porch rocker measures about 44 inches long by 36 inches tall by 29 inches deep (at the rockers).

The Double Porch Rocker plan, No. 929, is $10.95 and includes step-by-step directions with photos, full-size traceable patterns, a shopping list and cutting schedule and a toll-free help line for project questions.

A package of porch furniture plans, No. C154, is $24.95 and includes this plan plus plans for a matching single rocker and porch swing.

A catalog picturing hundreds of do-it-yourself projects is $2. Please include $4 for postage and handling (except catalog-only orders) and allow about two weeks for delivery.

To order by mail, clip this article and send it with a check or money order to U-Bild Features, c/o St. Petersburg Times, 3800 Oceanic Dr., Suite 107, Oceanside, CA 92056. To order by credit card, call 1-800-828-2453. Visit U-Bild on the Web at

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