Have you ever sat yourself down in an old rocking chair and decided to just sit there and stay awhile? So exactly what is it about some rocking chairs that seems to make everyone feel all right? And why do these basic home furnishings always receive more attention than any other piece of furniture in the room?
What goes around comes around and rockers roll with the radius.
Let’s face it, rocking chairs are comfortable because they rock. And when a user sits in one without rocking, the chair automatically reclines until the sitter’s center of gravity is met. This is what allows just about any type of rocking chair such a comfortable advantage over the standard, four-legged, fixed chair.
So what exactly is a rocking chair?
A rocking chair, or ‘rocker’, is simply any chair with two curved bands of wood, metal, fiberglass, or any arched piece of material that will hold its’ shape, also known as rockers, attached to the bottom of the four chair legs.
Attach one rocker on the left two legs and one rocker on the right two legs and what do you have?
A rocking chair; any chair that contacts the floor at only two points of an arc, giving the occupant the ability to rock back and forth by shifting his/her weight or pushing lightly with his/her feet.
While nobody really knows who invented the first rocking chair or when, you can rest assured many have enjoyed their pleasing rocking motion for many years. Maybe it is just me, but there is something about this gentle rocking motion that puts me at ease. Rocking chairs have always caused me to smile.
How-to Make a Rocking Chair Rock
Now if you are anything like me, it may not be one of your favorite subjects, but when it comes time to learn how-to make a rocking chair rock, you are going to need to do the math. Or at least spend some time reading up on radius (or should I say looking around at radii) because it is the radius of the rocker that makes the rocking chair rock all right.
And maybe you are more like me than you think, as American as apple pi kind of guy. You see, as a general rule, building a better rocker all boils down to pi. In order for a rocking chair to rock just right simply apply π.
π = 3.14159265358979323846264338327950288419716939937510…. multiplied by the finished height of your rocking chairs’ seat. That is all there is to it.
That is, the shorter the finished rocking chair the tighter or smaller the radius of the rockers need be. It is a simple mathematical equation that will rock your world.
So the next time someone asks you how-to make a rocking chair rock, tell them to apply pi and keep on Rock*N. Or simply share with them a link to this website and tell them it’s all in the blueprints.
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