A few weeks ago, one of my students asked if it would be possible to make a child's rocking chair for his daughter, for Christmas. Since Christmas was only a week away, I had to be honest with him - it's probably not possible!
This plan came from a very old issue of Fine Woodworking magazine. I adapted it to make to seat more durable, and the design a little simpler. Here's one I made 20 years ago!
Once the seat was built,
John started on the back. He chose four slats for his back design.
The nice thing about this plan is that all of the dimensions can be modified while you're building it. Everything is based on the seat. If you want to make it slightly wider, you can. A taller back? Sculpted crest rail? Spindles in the back, instead of slats?
You get the idea... no problema, chica! You're making an heirloom, make it your own!