100+ Hours of FUN - 1st Rocking Chair

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Project by Tector posted 06-14-2015 09:55 PM 1221 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Several months ago, a veteran woodworker who is a friend and mentor approached me about building my first rocker. Considering my shop has limited room, this type of project would be difficult at best without his offer. I picked up some beautiful walnut from Virginia and reviewed both the Hal Taylor and Sam Maloof style chairs. After some deliberation I decided on the Taylor style because of the added comfort. Having spent 100+ hours of shop time over 4 months, I couldn’t be more pleased with the results.

Hope you enjoy the pictures and thank you for taking an interest in my project.

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#1 posted 06-14-2015 10:10 PM

You’ve done a great job on a very challenging project. Congrats!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 06-14-2015 11:38 PM

Great looking chair – a family treasure for sure.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#3 posted 06-15-2015 05:15 AM

Only 100 hours!
Considering your other projects, this one is quite a bit more involved than any before and you executed it beautifully!

Really nice work and as Steve said, a family treasure.

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#4 posted 06-15-2015 12:41 PM

Beautiful chair, amazing creation.

-- "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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#5 posted 06-15-2015 12:51 PM

Very nice!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#6 posted 06-15-2015 01:23 PM

Very well done, looks great.

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#7 posted 06-15-2015 02:03 PM

This turned out beautifully. I can see that you have put a lot of work in it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- 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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#8 posted 06-15-2015 07:48 PM

Excellent job, that turned out great. Must have been a ridiculous amount of sanding.

-- Allen, Colorado

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#9 posted 06-15-2015 08:06 PM

Great job! Walnut is my favorite and a chair like this is at the top of my bucket list – but I need to do a lot of practice first. Thanks for being an inspiration to others.

-- Leafherder

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#10 posted 06-16-2015 12:40 AM

Very nice work!

-- John Little, ToyMakers of East Lake

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