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