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How to Make a Rocking Chair Out of Pegs

Spring wooden pegs are very charming and manageable craft materials. All are roughly the same size, making peg crafting easy and more economical. Made of wood, you can polish the finished product with paint, varnish, or stain. Because wooden pegs don't cost more than a dollar for an entire packet, you won't go broke making a peg rocking chair for a craft project.

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Make a rocker by gluing two peg halves on their thin edges together. The shaped edges of both halves should face down. Do this again for the other rocker.

Glue two peg halves back-to-back. This serves as one back leg. Attach the back leg to the ridge at the back of the rocker, with its thin end facing up. Glue another peg half to the ridge at the front of the rocker, shaped side facing front and thin end facing up to make the front leg. Stick another peg half to the tops of the front and back legs, shaped side up. Fit the top of the front leg exactly into the small ridge and thin side of the arm attached to the top of the back leg. Do the same for the other side.

Position two peg halves with their shaped side up parallel to each other. Join them with another peg half positioned into the ridges of the other two. This H forms the back of the chair. Turn the H over and attach three more peg halves, shaped side up. Set the first half vertically in the centre of the H and the other two next to it. Position them at an angle so their thin edges almost touch the edge of the peg half at the centre.

Make a plinth by connecting the two rockers with a peg half, shaped side up. Add the seat supports to the front and back legs, flat sides up. Position the back support just below the topmost ridge on the back leg. Match this height for the front support. Glue four peg halves, shaped side up and thin edges attached to the back support. The wide edges should hang slightly over the front support. This is the seat of your rocking chair.

Use a peg half to connect the ends of the arms. This supports the chair back. Attach the chair back. Its sides should firmly rest on the edges of the arms and the centre should lie right on the support peg. Let the glue dry completely then paint, varnish, or stain as you like.

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Things You'll Need

  • 13 wooden pegs, separated
  • PVA glue or glue gun
  • Paint, varnish or stain (optional)

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Ken Hamilton started writing professionally in 2005. His work on various subjects such as sports, business and travel has been published online for and Alabama Travel. He is a successful entrepreneur who has started and sold numerous businesses. Hamilton holds a Bachelor of Science in business from the University of North Alabama.

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