When building a wooden rocking chair, when you are after that classic wooden look like the one your grandma use to sit on, you might as well get the best kind of wood there is available in your area. The sturdiest kind of wood that you can get is probably mahogany. Mahogany is a hard wood that is very durable, and resists shrinkage and expansion during temperature changes. The color of this wood ranges from tan to a reddish brown, which will give you exactly that classic rocking chair look. Although using mahogany nowadays can be quite expensive, you can be assured that your rocking chair will last you until you grow old as well.