Walnut Rocking Chair

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Project by Zipsss posted 11-07-2008 09:30 PM 2789 views 11 times favorited 36 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For the last few weeks I spend a lot of hours working in this project. It is based on Sam Maloof’s design. It was the most challenging, and most complicated and most enjoyable of all my projects. And I am very happy that it is over. It took about 80 hours of hands on work, and the shaping and sanding was about half of that. The finish is: 3 coats of shellac with a red/brown transtint dye, and 4 coats of poly.

-- Zipsss

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#1 posted 11-07-2008 11:17 PM

Fantastic wood selection and craftsmanship! Maloof would be proud of it.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 11-07-2008 11:23 PM

Nice work, beautiful chair, nice slide show.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#3 posted 11-07-2008 11:33 PM

Really nice. I love these rockers, you did a great job. And look how buff you are after all that sanding!

-- Rich in Richmond -- Experience is something you don't get until just after you need it.

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#4 posted 11-07-2008 11:41 PM

Stunning, both the workmanship and the wood.
Question, did you take a class for this rocker or did you use plans etc?

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#5 posted 11-08-2008 12:37 AM

A beautiful rocker! WOW ! I agree with CharlieM1958, Sam would be proud as I am sure you are of your beautiful art!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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#6 posted 11-08-2008 12:51 AM

Very nice rocker. I’ve been wanting to make me one for a long time. I will probably never get to it.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#7 posted 11-08-2008 01:39 AM

Nice chair! Thanks for the slide show. I didn’t realize just how much work went into a chair like that. Impressive.

-- Rick

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#8 posted 11-08-2008 01:43 AM

Great rocker! Love those sculpted back splats. My hat is off to you, sir.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#9 posted 11-08-2008 02:15 AM

Very very beautiful rocker!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#10 posted 11-08-2008 02:54 AM

I have heard that chairs are won of the hardest things to make. Excellent result.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#11 posted 11-08-2008 03:15 AM

Nicely done, looks great

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#12 posted 11-08-2008 04:25 AM

I really like this style of rocker. You have every reason to be very proud of your craftsmanship.

Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#13 posted 11-08-2008 04:29 AM

Very nice rocker and thanks for the detailed slide show.
I have one of these rockers in my to do lists (maybe the next project). It will certainly help to see things
being built.

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#14 posted 11-08-2008 04:52 AM

Great looking chair! Thanks for the pictures.

-- I never started a project I couldn't screw up.

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#15 posted 11-08-2008 05:20 AM

Ze’ev A great chair. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing the pictures with me earlier.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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