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Project by loupitou06 posted 09-30-2015 02:42 PM 1329 views 10 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Hi all,

This was my top item on my woodworking bucket list, I just completed a Sam Maloof
inspired rocking chair. After learning my wife was pregnant with our first son, I got just the motivation to start!
This was a collaborative project with my friend Alex, his chair is not finished yet but pretty soon. I enjoyed tremendously working side by side in our shops learning from each other’s mistakes.

We used the DVD and plans from Charles Brock and I must say this was – for me – the perfect balance of detailed information (milling, joinery, tools) and creativity (shaping, carving). Charles also responded promptly to all my questions, I can’t thank him enough for his instructions, his great DVD, his blog and his patience with rookies questions.

The wood is beautiful walnut, an homage to Sam’s favorite species. I got this fantastic figured walnut board from Amazon Exotic Hardwood in Casselberry Florida

The finish is true to Sam’s technique as well, I used the “official blend” sold by Rockler. The finish builds up very nicely, very different than the shellac/Poly film type finish that I am used to use but I really like the depth it added to the wood.

I estimated spending ~150 hours on this project and honestly 60% of that time is sanding. Do not start a project like this if you don’t like sanding :)

Now I clean my shop and get started on the crib !

Thanks for watching

Pierre

-- 100 fois sur le metier remettez votre ouvrage





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TechTeacher04

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#1 posted 09-30-2015 03:17 PM

Beautiful, the grain on the back and seat is incredible. I also have that chair on my bucket list. I am sure it will be enjoyed while rocking your little one to sleep.

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Longcase

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#2 posted 09-30-2015 03:33 PM

That looks very stylish ,
Well done
Keith

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Ocelot

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#3 posted 09-30-2015 03:38 PM

I’ve have the Charles Brock plans – received as birthday gift about 3 years ago. Not yet ready to do it, but love to see what you have done.

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pottz

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#4 posted 09-30-2015 05:53 PM

i also have his plans and am planning on starting this winter as a rainy day project so i may have to hit you up on some hints and tips to make it go smooth.i had the pleasure of attending an all day tour and wood working demonstration by sams long time friend and employee larry white held at the maloof home.he gave us many tips on building this incredible chair i cant wait to get started.and by the way yours looks stunning.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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loupitou06

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#5 posted 09-30-2015 10:11 PM

Same thing for me, my sister offered me these plans about 4 years agao, I had to do a few projects before I summoned the courage to cut some wood.

What helped me was to try my hand on a high chair about 3 years ago:
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/54403


I ve have the Charles Brock plans – received as birthday gift about 3 years ago. Not yet ready to do it, but love to see what you have done.

- Ocelot


-- 100 fois sur le metier remettez votre ouvrage

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loupitou06

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#6 posted 09-30-2015 10:18 PM

don’t hesitate to email/pm me, I would be glad to help you in any way I can.

I envy you for meeting Sam Maloof and his home, the more I read and hear about the man, the more I am impressed by his character and amazed by his work.
Would you be so kind to share these tips ? This is definitely not the last rocking chair I will be building :)


i also have his plans and am planning on starting this winter as a rainy day project so i may have to hit you up on some hints and tips to make it go smooth.i had the pleasure of attending an all day tour and wood working demonstration by sams long time friend and employee larry white held at the maloof home.he gave us many tips on building this incredible chair i cant wait to get started.and by the way yours looks stunning.

- pottz


-- 100 fois sur le metier remettez votre ouvrage

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loupitou06

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#7 posted 09-30-2015 10:26 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind words

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gfadvm

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#8 posted 09-30-2015 11:55 PM

Outstanding job on this beautiful rocker! Been on my bucket list for a long time. I will saw some 8/4 from the next walnut log I find. Then I will have no excuse not to attempt a Maloof rocker.

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

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loupitou06

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#9 posted 10-01-2015 12:02 AM

Thanks,

I have found that 10/4 is really a plus for the arm rests (nice sweep) but more importantly for the head rest.

As Charles describes it in his DVD, you can get away with 8/4 by gluing the front to the back (I did that on the high chair I made before and it works great : http://lumberjocks.com/projects/54403) but a really nice piece of 10/4 for the head rest with interesting grain pattern is such a treat. My friend Alex found some 10/4 stock he was kind enough to share with great grain pattern, we had to work around knots, bark inclusions and cracks but it was really worth it.

Hope this helps


Outstanding job on this beautiful rocker! Been on my bucket list for a long time. I will saw some 8/4 from the next walnut log I find. Then I will have no excuse not to attempt a Maloof rocker.

- gfadvm


-- 100 fois sur le metier remettez votre ouvrage

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gfadvm

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#10 posted 10-01-2015 12:06 AM

Thanks for that advice. I can saw 10/4 as easily as 8/4. I may just saw the 10/4 from a short piece so I can lift it!

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

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Woodbridge

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#11 posted 10-01-2015 01:04 AM

you have built a beautiful rocker. I’m sure it will become a cherished family heirloom.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 10-01-2015 01:25 AM

That is real nice. I ordered the Charles Brock plans and video as well but I am going to try and make a Maloof Low Back Dining Chair. May hit you up for some pointers when I start carving out the seat. What brand model did you use for coarse carving disk?

Thanks

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loupitou06

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#13 posted 10-01-2015 03:48 AM

I found that removing the bulk of the material with a bandsaw is very efficient – as instructed by Charles or Sam. The I used the coarse (glue) carbide disk on my grinder and then coarse sandpaper (40) on either a random orbit sander or better yet a festool RAS

Hope this helps.


That is real nice. I ordered the Charles Brock plans and video as well but I am going to try and make a Maloof Low Back Dining Chair. May hit you up for some pointers when I start carving out the seat. What brand model did you use for coarse carving disk?

Thanks

- FiredYoMomma


-- 100 fois sur le metier remettez votre ouvrage

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Brit

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#14 posted 10-01-2015 09:04 AM

Outstanding work Pierre. Nothing like a nice rocker and a glass of whatever you fancy. Well done and thanks for sharing your work.

-- Andy -- "I saw the angel in the marble and carved until I set him free." (Michelangelo)

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Kaleb the Swede

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#15 posted 10-01-2015 11:07 AM

Beautiful work. You really set the time and care in and it shows. Great job

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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