|Project by mwilhelm||posted 05-12-2014 02:56 PM||1345 views||1 time favorited||6 comments|
This is my first project I have posted on here. I am relatively new to this site and have been working on this rocker for some time now. I am a PhD student, so I have only been able to dedicate 1 day/weekend to working on this chair.
I made two Maloof style rockers in 2012 for my sister and sister-in-law but they were not nearly as nice as this one. I built those without using patterns and using only 4/4 lumber. For this rocker, I chose to enlist the help of Bill Kappel, who was very kind and helpful throughout the process. I ordered his patterns and his complete instructions on building a rocker (these were VERY inexpensive and helpful).
This chair is made with 8/4 american black walnut (front legs, back legs, backslats and runners), Bastogne walnut (seat, headrest (12/4) and arms) with accents of hard maple and maple burl. There are a few small areas where the finish is not perfect and I may go back and touch them up after I build a rocker for my wife.
I found that building these rockers is not very difficult, especially with patterns and instructions. I did find that in order to build a nice rocker you must have copious amounts of a few things: time, patience and attention to detail. Other important things to have are a few tools and a very understanding wife.
Enjoy the pictures and let me know what you think. I am correctly working on my wife’s rocker, which is Argentine mesquite with purple heart accents. I will post pictures when I finish that one (in a few months).