Hey gang! It’s been a while, but I’m back in the shop making scrap and creating a ton of dust. Over the years I’ve made bookcases and tables galore, all with straight lines and square corners. Then I started making some G+G pieces with rounded edges, cloud lifts, and ‘pillowed’ plugs. I’ve been wanting to continue this progression and make something with no straight lines at all: a Maloof-style rocking chair following the steps from Hal Taylor.
Today I picked up ~50 bf of 8/4 walnut ($410 for those of you keeping score at home). The build also requires Ash, but here in SoCal that seems to be tough to find. I hope I don’t end up driving a hundred miles to get $20 worth of wood…
I had purchased Hal’s plans (all 262 pages of them) over a year ago, and when I finally got serious about the build, I read other reports and decided to get the templates and video as well. I’m glad I did; I probably could have scaled up the ones in the book, but there are enough of them that this made it faster and eaier.
In addition there are two glueing forms for the lamanated parts; the rockers (back form) and the back braces (front form).
I began the layout:
I finished the evening rough cutting one back leg:
Hal recommends not getting too finicky with the shape around the seat and arm joints as I’ll be taking lots more material off later.
Thanks for reading,