New Maloof style rocker

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Project by bkap posted 08-05-2015 05:28 PM 1335 views 3 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi woodworkers;
I am posting pictures of my new rocker. It is made with Argentine Mesquite and a Ranch front leg with a vertical Headrest of multiple pieces of wood.
One of my first rockers had a vertical Headrest (you can see it at, but this one is made with varying shades of wood. I like it, but I did make a mistake when clamping it up.
I placed the clamp in front and tightened the clamp until I cracked the Headrest. It was an easy fix with epoxy and clamped from the back. I must not have been thinking too clearly when I placed the first clamp.
Note; that I made the Headrest with an accentuated curve towards the back. This defeated my “Crown” logic, but it is what I wanted for aesthetics.
It is a ‘plain Jane’ style rocker for my low-end inventory. The ‘balance’ is average as is the sizing. The arms are shaped, as I sometimes do, a little differently under the front. It does have an insert of burled wood in the Headrest.
This Argentine Mesquite keeps on amazing me with the fantastic figuring that pops out during finishing.

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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#1 posted 08-05-2015 05:49 PM

Looks great Bill. I must say that while I prefer your crown style headrest, I like this one as well. I really like how rounded and smooth the runners look.


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#2 posted 08-05-2015 05:51 PM

You did a beautiful job on this rocker. Iyt has a lot of class and character.

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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#3 posted 08-05-2015 09:53 PM

Nice Rocker.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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#4 posted 08-05-2015 11:57 PM

Nice twist on the arm and back joining.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 08-06-2015 02:52 AM

Nice! I like the color and arm shape in particular.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#6 posted 08-06-2015 09:07 AM

A real beauty!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#7 posted 08-06-2015 01:22 PM

Beautiful Bill, excellent craftsmanship. BTW, where do you get Argentine mesquite?

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#8 posted 08-06-2015 01:32 PM

Beautiful Job on the rocker. I can’t see the flub. You hid it well. Just to make the rocker is amazing. I don’t think I have the patients to pull that off. Looks very pleasing to the eye.

-- DWelch. Michigan, The only dumb question is the one not asked!

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#9 posted 08-06-2015 02:04 PM

Beautiful wood, had not heard of it before. Not your first chair for sure…........

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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#10 posted 08-06-2015 05:13 PM

Very nice.

-- Beat it to fit. Paint it to match.

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#11 posted 08-15-2015 11:16 PM

Thanks for the nice comments. I have been out of town so am a bit late with this post.

To get Argentine Mesquite you have to do a web search. I bought plenty years ago and have been hording it in my barn, good and dry after years in this Utah dry climate. I do the same with my Claro and Bastogne Walnut as well as the Maple and Koa.

Mesquite is one of my favorite woods. It takes a finish much like glass and is two and a half times stronger that oak.

Monday I am starting a new class on making these rockers; each woodworker will have a completely assembled rocker, to take home, in one week. Loots of detail finishing will be necessary, but the parts will all be make and fitted before they leave my shop. So don’t let anyone intimidate you about building these rockers. It is EASY ff one just takes it step by step any woodworker can do it. Read my instructions and you will see for yourself. You can get a free copy as posted on my web site.

Note; the Backslats for this finished rocker are a bit wider then when I use seven slats. The comfort of this rocker could not be better, fits your back like a glove, whether five or seven slats. Sam Maloof sure knew what he was doing.

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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#12 posted 08-28-2015 01:20 AM

Thanks Bill.
You got me all excited, i send you an email, look forward to getting the instructions.

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#13 posted 08-28-2015 03:30 PM

I just finished giving a rocking chair class to a new woodworker student from North Carolina. He took his rocker home at the end of a week, still needing a lot of detail work. He also used my new jig for the Maloof style leg joints and got PERFECT joint fits.This jig is a simple to make jig so he made one to take home.

One can get perfect joint fits every-time with minimal easy setup time using this jig that you can build for yourself.

Now making a Maloof style rocker is even easier and within any woodworker’s ability. The leg joints were the last restriction while the rest is just standard woodworking. Nothing to it, give it a try with my instructions and patterns.

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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