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Wormy soft maple rocker ( Hal Taylor version ) #1: First progress report

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Blog entry by Canadian Woodworks posted 02-22-2010 07:49 AM 1447 reads 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Okay I started this chair Jan 28th 2010 I wanted to get finish put on after 30 days…... simple goal eh?

To my credit I got everything I could have done until I needed to use th 1/2’’ rabbit and 3/4 round over I did not have but ordered took 10 days to get here )-:

So far total working days possible – 16

Progress

This is a rocker design by Hal Taylor, I purchased his templates, PDF book, and video. I was at first a little on the fence as it started to add up already with just the costs for Hal’s stuff. I must say it was worth it, everything you get helps you tremendously!

I’m using wormy soft maple that was cut about 5 yrs ago by my brother on his woodmizer air dried, 3’’ thick!

So I easily dressed it to the required dimensions, and was happy that all the gray stain planed away taking it from 3’’ to just over 2’’, now I kinda wish I had my MM20 setup at the point to resaw some wood, at least for drawers or something.

Anyways I meant to have a daily update I did not and still won’t but I will update frequently as I work on it and I will be working over time…lol

I have taken pictures of all parts so far

I have almost finished the seat including leg joints




Arms have been coved on the table saw and cut to shape

Legs have had a lot of work on them!

Head rest is cut out ready to be mounted ( dang forgot to take that picture BRB )

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Okay took the picture

Back braces have been all glued up

Rockes have been glued up and cleaned up 80%


Front legs have also had lot’s of work done to them

I guess that’s all the parts, not to many but lot’s of time!

Oh here’s a pic of tools used on seat to make it purdy, and in my opinion the best tool of course in the angle grinder with kutzall disc. BUT in a close second I must say the hand scraper is an amazing tool, I only started using one a couple months ago, keep her sharp and it’s a dream to use….. I do burn my fingers though. (-:

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com



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a1Jim

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#1 posted 02-22-2010 07:51 AM

Good progress

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Canadian Woodworks

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#2 posted 02-22-2010 08:15 AM

How do you reply so fast so many times? lol

and thank you

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

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CaptainSkully

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#3 posted 02-22-2010 04:48 PM

Very cool project and a great blog. I really respect you guys that make these chairs. They’re unbelievably beautiful. The backstory on the wood is cool too. Was the time constraint self-imposed? If so why? That seems pretty ambitious to me, but what do I know. My non-woodworking friends would point out that at that rate you could make 12 chairs a year and sell them for mucho dinero.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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Canadian Woodworks

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#4 posted 02-22-2010 06:50 PM

Ya I imposed the time frame on my self it may seem like not very long but I think If I stay the course, i’ll be on my second chair in no time!

The wood is turning out to be very beautiful, at first I used it just to not waste walnut, but now i’m very glad I choose this wood, these style of chairs really show off woods beauty, so anyone wanting to make a ” maloof ” inspired rocker should use beautiful wood from chair #1. The worm holes and staining will really pop come finish time (-:

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

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