Maloof Style Walnut Rocker

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Project by Woodbridge posted 12-26-2015 03:59 AM 1519 views 5 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This, my last project of the year, is a walnut rocking chair that I made for my son-in-law as a Christmas present. This large size rocker is based on Hal Taylor’s rocking chair plans. It is made from walnut with ash strips included in the laminated back braces and rockers, and ebony plugs. This is the second Maloof style rocker I have built, the first one was based on the Charles Brock’s plans.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#1 posted 12-26-2015 04:02 AM

A beautiful bit of sculpture Peter.
The ash really accents it and makes it just a little more “special”.
Have a great 2016!

-- Paul M ..............If God wanted us to have fiberglass boats he would have given us fibreglass trees.

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#2 posted 12-26-2015 05:10 AM


Damn, you are going out in style. LOL! VERY NICE


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#3 posted 12-26-2015 05:12 AM

You are the Chairman of the Wooden Board!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 12-26-2015 05:14 AM

Very beautiful work.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#5 posted 12-26-2015 06:12 AM

Superb. 10/10

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#6 posted 12-26-2015 01:21 PM

Great looking rocker… well done.

-- Brian, Ontario Canada,

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#7 posted 12-26-2015 02:23 PM

Which set of plans do you prefer the Hal Taylor or Charles Brock and what advantage If any?

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#8 posted 12-26-2015 02:35 PM

It looks like you started with a HUGE chunk of walnut and carved away everything that didn’t look like a rocker.

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#9 posted 12-26-2015 03:00 PM

Thanks everyone for the kind comments. Best wishes for the new year.

Chadirvin: Both the Brock and Taylor plans/book/video are excellent and will lead you to a beautiful rocker. Both rockers are beautiful and super comfortable. Brock’s rocker is a little closer to the Maloof original and incorporates more hand tool work. Hal Taylor’s package is more detailed, with lots of tips and good advice on how to get tight fitting joints, how to fix up mistakes etc. It is more heavily power tool oriented and organized to optimize the work flow. You work on multiple parts at the same time. With Brock’s plans you work on one part at a time more or less from start to finish.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#10 posted 12-26-2015 04:37 PM

This rocker is absolutely beautiful.

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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#11 posted 12-26-2015 08:08 PM

Thanks Charles

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 12-26-2015 08:23 PM

Gorgeous chair. I’d love to build one myself someday.

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#13 posted 12-27-2015 12:44 AM

Both of your rockers are just beautiful. I appreciate your discussion on the differences in the plans/methods as I have been putting off building a Maloof rocker way too long.

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

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#14 posted 12-27-2015 01:36 AM

peter wow great job ive been wanting to do a rocker for a while now I got brocks plans about a year ago and the plan is to start this winter I only hope I can come close to your level of craftsman ship ive sat in a maloof chair and they are very comfortable you knocked it outta the park with this my friend.

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

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#15 posted 12-27-2015 02:32 AM

Thanks for the comments.

gfadvm, pottz – with Taylor’s or Brock’s plans in hand go head and start your rocker. It does take some time to build but the plans and associated video/book provide all the advice and info needed to build a beautiful rocker . In one of them

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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