Rocking Chair Footrests

My in-laws were enamored with these rocking chair footrests at Mast General Store:

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They dropped a lot of hints that they wanted them for Christmas, but I didn't feel like paying $43 a piece for these tiny things.  Plus, the store only had them in stained oak, and my in-laws have white rocking chairs.  So I decided to make my own.

Here is my version:

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Here they are after a few coats of white paint:

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Here’s the padding. I could have used a third hand here:

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And here’s the finished product:

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I was in a rush, so I didn't do any decorative work or routing.  And next time I’ll lower the lateral brace so it better stabilizes the joint.

UPDATE: I made more – Front Porch Table & Footrest

Rocking Chair Footrests
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3 thoughts on “Rocking Chair Footrests

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  • December 6, 2012 at 7:55 pm
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    I love this foot rest I have a rocking chair and I would like to make one for myself but I need the measurements and instructions and allthe materials thank you

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    • December 12, 2012 at 7:50 am
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      The entire thing is made with 1″ x 4″ pine.

      It’s 16½” high at the base of the padded footrest. It’s 14″ wide in total. The actual rockers are 14½” inches long and rounded at the end. I made the rocker boards by using a compass (I have a kit that connects to a yardstick) to measure an arc that drops ¾” on either side of the median. I cut it with my jigsaw and then I rounded the edges off with the curve of a coffee mug or something.

      In the footrests I made later, you can see that I was sure to put the crossbar at the seam of the rockers for extra support:

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      Best of luck.

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