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Rocking Chair Build - Due Oct 5 #1: Selecting Lumber, Laying out Parts, and Cutting Blanks

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Blog entry by Marshall posted 04-20-2015 07:08 PM 1293 reads 6 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve been wanting to build a Maloof style rocker for about as long as I’ve been a woodworker (about 4 years I think)... I always put it off thinking that my skills werent there yet (still think that). I decided I’d wait until my wife and I were expecting our first child, and then I’d take the plunge and build one. Well, here we are. I need to have the chair done by Oct 5 :). So, my other project is going to have to wait (Arts and Crafts Dining Table).

I started looking around online for plans, tutorials, classes, etc. I decided to buy the book and template set from Hal Taylor. He does a great job explaining and illustrating all the steps (all 260 pages of them). He’s even been really helpful answering questions by email.

Next I was debating what wood to use. I’m pretty fond of walnut, but should I spend that much on lumber for my first chair? Ultimately I couldnt resist and I picked up a few slabs from my local sawyer. The large slab will become the seat and the headrest. I’m going to use the sapwood as an accent in the center of the seat and headrest. The three matched slabs came as a set. Two of them will become the legs, arms, and rockers. Again, I’m going to utilize the sapwood as an accent.

Next, I cut out the blanks for the arms and legs:

Next up, I cut and glued up the seat blank.

And, finally, I made the gluing forms for the rockers and back rests. I made them out of 3 laminated pieces of 3/4” particle board.

Next up, I’ll be cutting out the back legs and preparing the seat. Stay tuned…..

-- Marshall - http://mcomisar.tumblr.com



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AandCstyle

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#1 posted 04-20-2015 11:48 PM

Marshall, you, sir, are a brave man. If I were attempting a project of this significance/importance, I would make one from cheap wood first to learn as much about the process as possible before committing to the actual project. I have found that the prototype always has lessons for me. Anyhow, good luck with the rocker and keep posting pix.

-- Art

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gfadvm

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#2 posted 04-20-2015 11:57 PM

Marshall, Good for you! This has been on my bucket list for a long time. I just sawed a bunch of beautiful crotch walnut slabs. Could I build a Maloof rocker with 6/4 rather than 8/4 slabs?

Keep us posted as you progress with the build. I know it will turn out just as nice as your gorgeous table.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Marshall

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#3 posted 04-21-2015 12:12 AM

Hi Art—you make a good point. I’m not building a whole prototype rocker, but I am making prototypes of the complicated pieces out of 2x construction lumber. It took me all four “practice” maloof joints on the proto seat to get it right. Was definitely nervous when I moved on to the walnut seat—but it came out perfect (will be in the next post). It was also very helpful to carve out the seat on the pine one first.

gfadvm—I’m sure you could build one out of 6/4, but the plans I have call for 8/4. Obviously, you wouldnt yield legs and arms that are as substantial. For the seat, I think you’d definitely want 8/4 to start with. The rockers and back braces are laminated strips that are about 1/8” thick, so you would just need more blanks to start with if you used 6/4.

-- Marshall - http://mcomisar.tumblr.com

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gfadvm

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#4 posted 04-21-2015 12:44 AM

Thanks Marshall. I need to find anothjer walnut and mill some 8/4 slabs. It was all I could do to handle 8’ x 24” x 6/4 off the mill by myself!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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Marshall

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#5 posted 04-21-2015 12:48 AM

I can imagine! I moved some large walnut slabs that a guy on CL was selling out of his barn. He was 91 yrs old, so not able to help move them. I about keeled over :)

-- Marshall - http://mcomisar.tumblr.com

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Jake

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#6 posted 04-21-2015 06:16 AM

Extremely cool, I want to do that as well. Is the book “How to Make a Beautiful Rocking Chair” ?

Will be following along with great interest

-- Measure twice, cut once, cut again for good measure.

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Marshall

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#7 posted 04-22-2015 04:42 AM

Thats the book. I also bought the DVD that goes along with it.

-- Marshall - http://mcomisar.tumblr.com

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