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Soft Curly Maple Maloof inspired rocker

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Project by mwilhelm posted 09-22-2014 12:48 AM 1816 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I just finished this Maloof inspired rocking chair (also inspired by Bill Kappel). This was made from soft curly maple with accents of black walnut and bastogne walnut. Two years ago I moved from Ohio (the land of maple trees) to Texas where soft curly maple is not abundant. I found that it was actually cheaper for me to buy the maple from Ohio and have it shipped to Texas than it was to buy it here in Texas.

Back to the chair. This is the first of two soft curly maple rockers I am making currently. This one is for my wife’s parents for Christmas and the other will be for my parents. Originally I was hoping for maple with more sap wood and less pink and brown coloring but after finishing the chair, I think it looks nice how it is. I tried to take pictures that would highlight the curl as well as show the design of the chair but it can be difficult to get great pictures with just a phone.

Enjoy.





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sras

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#1 posted 09-22-2014 04:03 AM

Nice job! It is easy to look at a project like this and say to myself “Oh, another Maloof rocker”, but each one represents a significant accomplishment. This is a very challenging project and you did great!

This is a project I hope to get to do some day…

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 09-22-2014 11:23 AM

The design and flow of the chair is beautiful but the grain raises it to a another level.

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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#3 posted 09-22-2014 11:55 AM

HI there !!!
It’s amazing how they all look alike and still be so different in personnality made, nice work,

-- andrek

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Scott

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#4 posted 09-22-2014 01:15 PM

Very Very nice!

-- Lazy River Studio - Wooden Signs & Rustic Furniture by Scott - www.lazyriverstudio.com

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#5 posted 09-22-2014 07:18 PM

Excellent Work. I made a traditional rocker, and a Maloof is on my list. I can really appreciate the amount of time and patience that goes into a project like that.

-- Even if you are on the right track, you will get run over if you just sit there.

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nonickswood

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#6 posted 09-22-2014 09:08 PM

This is Gorgeous! You sure have some wonderful Chair Builds for projects. Nicely Done.

-- Nick, Virginia, http://www.etsy.com/shop/NONICKSWOOD

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mwilhelm

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#7 posted 09-22-2014 09:21 PM

Thanks everyone for the comments. Now I just need to learn how to build something else. Haha

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#8 posted 09-22-2014 09:36 PM

What an accomplishment! You’re extraordinary.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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gfadvm

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#9 posted 09-23-2014 12:42 AM

I love it and I’ll bet the pics don’t do it justice!

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

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#10 posted 09-23-2014 01:31 AM

Looks great. I like the sharpness that you added to the traditional maloof rocker. The original is great, but yours is just as good in a different way.

I am with you when it comes to buying lumber in Texas. I live in Fort Worth and lumber just ain’t cheap here. It is sort of frustrating, because wood cost often keeps me from making projects.

-- The Wood Is Your Oyster

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mwilhelm

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#11 posted 09-23-2014 02:02 AM



Looks great. I like the sharpness that you added to the traditional maloof rocker. The original is great, but yours is just as good in a different way.

I am with you when it comes to buying lumber in Texas. I live in Fort Worth and lumber just ain t cheap here. It is sort of frustrating, because wood cost often keeps me from making projects.

- TheWoodenOyster

Thank you. I have to give credit for most of the design alterations to Bill Kappel. It certainly is more expensive here. I live in Lubbock and we really don’t even have may trees here. Here is a link to the website I got the soft maple from. The owner was very nice and the prices are very reasonable. I got this wood shipped from Ohio to Lubbock for cheaper than I would have gotten it here. http://crlumber.com/

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#12 posted 09-24-2014 01:32 AM

Looks very well made

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#13 posted 04-20-2016 06:36 PM

This certainly is a beautiful rocker and so well done.

helluvawreck aka Charles
http://woodworkingexpo.wordpress.com

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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