First rocking Chair

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Project by William King posted 05-12-2009 05:58 AM 3146 views 10 times favorited 40 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first try at a Sam Maloof style rocking chair. I bought the plans from Hal Taylor and they are well worth the price. The chair is made of walnut and ash. The Finish is danish oil.

-- William King, Florida,

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#1 posted 05-12-2009 06:00 AM

That is a great looking chair!

How long did it take to make it?

How much wood do you figure went into it?

-- It's better to have people think you're stupid rather than open your mouth and remove all doubt.

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#2 posted 05-12-2009 06:02 AM

Knock me over with a feather! Wonderful!

-- Behind the Bark is a lot of Heartwood----Charles, Centennial, CO

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#3 posted 05-12-2009 06:05 AM

Hey Sam called an wants his plans back LOL One very nice chair well done.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#4 posted 05-12-2009 06:18 AM

Beautiful job – love the figured walnut. I too have a set of Hals Plans and instructions. Which size chair is this, and how does it feel vs. your height. e.g. are you 5’11” and made a medium but wish it was large or the other way around?? I am planning the medium as it is for my wife who is 5’9”.
Planning to make in bubinga that I have on hand.

Any deviations from the plans you did or now wish you had done? I was thinking to use unibond for laminating the rockers, though I know that Hal likes titebond 3, and perhaps dowels to attach the rockers like Maloof rather than screws…. What kind of things did you try?

-- “The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why.” Mark Twain

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William King

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#5 posted 05-12-2009 06:23 AM

Thanks . Miket The plains call for 35 bf and you have about 30 % wast . it takes about 170 hours . Next one will go faster

-- William King, Florida,

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William King

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#6 posted 05-12-2009 06:26 AM

Dave I’m 6’ 2” This is a large chair and it fits like a glove. I flipped The head rest up side down And made the top of the back legs 2” longer to get the knobs on the top.

-- William King, Florida,

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Mike Shea

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#7 posted 05-12-2009 07:15 AM

beuatifull. great job.

-- i can do all things through christ who strengthens me

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#8 posted 05-12-2009 08:44 AM

absolutely gorgeous!

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#9 posted 05-12-2009 08:52 AM

wow that really look great i would love to make something like that.


-- -Ryan

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#10 posted 05-12-2009 11:33 AM

Nice job on the chair, I love the curl in the arms.

I am 6’1” and I find a large or medium equally comfortable. My wife is 5’6” and she has a medium but doesn’t enjoy sitting in the large as much.


-- Rich, anybody want a peanut?

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#11 posted 05-12-2009 11:48 AM

great looking rocker…very well done…

-- Todd, Oak Ridge, TN, Hello my name is Todd and I'm a Toolholic, I bought my last tool 10 days, no 4 days, oh heck I bought a tool on the way here! †

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#12 posted 05-12-2009 01:19 PM

Wow! I can only imagine making something so nice. Beautiful work.

-- Trent Tidmore, Grapevine, TX

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#13 posted 05-12-2009 02:38 PM

beautiful. i love those rockers!

i have a question about this style and similar styles, a really basic one:

how do you get all those parts to curve and flow together so gracefully? take for example the 4th pic where the back hits the seat. how did that joint start off and how did you get it to where it is now?

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#14 posted 05-12-2009 03:08 PM

Very Nice, making a chair seems very trying, I always think of Mel Gibson in the movie “The Patriot” in his attempts to make a Windsor chair. If you haven’t seen it, it is worth the time to watch.

Great Job

-- Don, Flower Mound, TX

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Robert Herring

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#15 posted 05-12-2009 03:13 PM

I’m in awe!. Amazing! The “WOW FACTOR”

-- Robert M. Herring

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