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Make your own breeze with rocker

The porch rocker measures about 42 inches tall by 25 inches wide by 28 inches deep.
 (U-BILD / The Spokesman-Review)
The porch rocker measures about 42 inches tall by 25 inches wide by 28 inches deep. (U-BILD / The Spokesman-Review)
Don and Dave Runyan U-Bild

Back in the good old days, when “air conditioning” meant a rare afternoon breeze or a paper fan, almost every house had a deep, shady porch to escape the summer heat. This seasonal living space was filled with its own special furniture – comfortable, durable outdoor pieces like swings, settees and rocking chairs.

This do-it-yourself porch rocker project is a great way to enjoy a cool breeze of your own. Designed in the classic Mission style of the early 20th century, the chair is equally at home on an old-fashioned porch or a modern poolside patio.

How to build it

Made from standard lumber, the project calls for mostly straight cuts, features full-size patterns for the curved cuts and requires no special tools. To build, simply trace the patterns onto wood, cut out the pieces, sand and assemble. The builder’s choice of finish completes the job.

How to order the plan

The Porch Rocker plan, No. 894, is $9.95 and includes step-by-step instructions 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 double 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 (The Spokesman-Review), 3800 Oceanic Drive, Ste. 107, Oceanside, CA 92056. To order by credit card, call (800) 828-2453. Visit U-Bild on the Web at

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