|Project by loupitou06||posted 09-30-2015 02:42 PM||1329 views||10 times favorited||23 comments|
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 !
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