I recently took a Maloof Rocker class with Randy Child and Charles Neil. They were both kind enough to let me video the learning sections of the class. In this video, Randy discusses the requirements for prepping the front legs to integrate with the seat. I have lots of video but most of it has high levels of noise. If there is interest given these restraints, I will post a few more. As for the class itself, I really learned quite a bit about shaping wood which is the largest require...
What makes Sam Maloof’s work so attractive at first glance? When I saw my first picture of his rocker in the old 1983 article in Fine Woodworking, What jumped out at me and said, “Wow”? What inspired all that has been said and done by woodworkers and lovers of fine furniture based on that initial look at his rocker? Maloof was a master woodworker, designer, finisher, personality and other things wonderful but my thought is to capture all of us so totally with that first g...
First, a warning. For some reason this year the kids got into the dressup clothes and so a lot of the pictures in this series show people, tall and short, with some adornment, sometimes bizarre. Emily: Fourteen months old, barely toddling. I decided on a rocker, and in the construction two things unfolded: It became an exercise in materials-at-hand which translated to a nice tour of some hardwoods, and (2) it didn’t have a farm animal head (rejected early on) or a nic...
Yesterday started by doing final shaping on the ribs. I marked and cut them to length the night before and yesterday was the trial fit. All was well, so I needed to round-over the edges and sand them. Then it was time to install them permanently. A little bit of glue and a few well positioned screws hold each in place. I made a few adjustments to the bow upright, sanded it and installed it in place as well. Some more glue and screws here. Then it was time to bend the plywoo...
Today I did a bunch of sanding on the rib assemblies, back and bottom. I then did a clamp together assembly (with help from the wife) to make some layout marks to determine the size of the sides. I used some leftover Luan plywood to make a rough shape for the sides since it was already pretty warped and thus a little easier to bend. I then transferred the shape to the 1/4” oak plywood for the finished piece and fine tuned the shape. After I got one side shaped the way I ...
This will probably be a pretty short blog, but wanted to share some progress of the next rocker I’m building. This one is for child #4, Jayne. It became tradition for each of my kids to get a rocker on their second Christmas and after plenty of thought about what to build, I finally decided on the boat. I have never built a boat so I hope the more nautically inclined folks out there cut me a little slack about my construction methods (or suggest a better method!). I want it to loo...
Ya that’s right the internet left my life since July 1st, I just got it back yesterday I have since finished the double rocker, of course taking pictures along the way. I will update this blog daily still posting about how much work I did each day. In this series I have now sculpted the seat joints about 90% done, the head rest is starting to take shape and let me tell you it’s a work of art! lol I ” fixed ” the arm where it attaches to the leg then glued it...
Today I started with the seat or should I say seats, drum sand, notch and rabbbit seat, again do some stuff to the rear legs glue second adder block, carve out seat, continue gluing headrest pieces, notch and round over front legs to fit joint, cope arms with table saw, glue front legs together, continue gluing up head rest, shape rear legs, get the rear legs to 90% finished which is leg/seat joint fitted, sanded, routed, sanded…... Yup that was a good amount of work today, i’d...
This was my first rocking chair I made, I built it about 3 months ago, actually did a blog on here about the build but never actually posted up final pictures actually this is the blog…..lol I’ve since built 4 more chairs out of various woods, this one was built using wormy soft maple that my brother had cut about 10 years ago from the bush behind my house. I gave this chair to my grandparents, as I didn’t fell that I could sell my first one also the ” quality ...
*I am a professional woodworker, woodworking teacher and publisher. Fine woodworkers can build their dream rocker with help from a dvd, book, full-size patterns and online support titled Build A Maloof Inspired Rocker with Charles Brock. The next release in the series will be Build A Maloof Inspired Low Back Dining Chair.*Part 1 – “Lines, Shadows and Curves, Oh My!” contained some exercises to help train and improve your sculptor’s eye. Let’s put the rasp to wood...
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