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Project by UnclePolly posted 02-17-2015 12:21 AM 1118 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

On my bucket list for a long time was a Sam Maloof style rocking chair. After researching the varied offers of plans and templates, I decided upon the Hal Taylor iteration.
Hal’s detailed manual and DVD were priceless in the successful completion of this project. I started out with two friends who each wanted to make a rocking chair of their own.
One quit within a few months and although the other has yet to complete his chair, all the parts are made and the rockers need to be attached.
This is a massive project but one well worth doing and one in which you can realize intense satisfaction of a job well done.
If you’ve ever thought of making such a chair, I highly recommend you visit Hal Taylors website and check out his offering. www.rockingchairuniversity.com He also has photos of a couple of rockers here on LunberJocks.

-- Remember, since life is so short, we should hurry to do good!





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gfadvm

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#1 posted 02-17-2015 01:06 AM

Great job. Your back slats look a lot more curved than other Maloof rockers? Optical illusion?

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

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#2 posted 02-17-2015 12:53 PM

Beautiful work. I am always impressed by the Maloof style and seamless joints, and this is another fine example.

-- --Zach

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 02-17-2015 12:59 PM

Great job!

I’ll bet you’re glad you stuck to it. Probably drives your friends nuts to see it though, and especially their wives!

Lee

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Oldtool

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#4 posted 02-18-2015 02:21 AM

Beautiful rocker, nice work.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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UnclePolly

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#5 posted 02-18-2015 02:45 AM



Great job. Your back slats look a lot more curved than other Maloof rockers? Optical illusion?

- gfadvm


No optical illusion here. They have much more curve and are flexible. This is a feature of all Hal Taylor style rocking chairs. The back braces are laminated with ash in the middle and walnut on the outside. Ash is a very flexible wood and Taylor designed these chairs to “massage your back” as you rock. And they really do!
I would encourage you to consider building one of these Hal Taylor chairs. Visit his website www.rockingchairuniversity.com and check it out for yourself. You’ll become a better woodworker if you do!

-- Remember, since life is so short, we should hurry to do good!

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#6 posted 02-18-2015 03:40 AM

Fantastic! Sam would be proud of you.

-- --Dale Page

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gfadvm

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#7 posted 02-18-2015 03:49 AM

Thanks for the answer and encouragement!

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

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