Hal Taylor rocker

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Project by tommyboy posted 1807 days ago 1710 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My first Hal Taylor rocker. Made from cypress with redwood details. Opted for less expensive wood for this maiden project. Never expected this level of success. Will be starting my next chair in a few days. This one will be curly cherry.

-- -tommy NJ

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#1 posted 1807 days ago

Great looking chair! I have gone to his website dozens of times just to gaze. I love your headrest design.

-- ---call me---- Mark

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#2 posted 1807 days ago

Very, very nice. The grain on the seat is awesome. Great job.


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#3 posted 1807 days ago

Hix, the headrest design was a fix of a mistake. I had a difficult time getting the end angles cut correctly and each re-cut shortened the headrest. I added the contrasting strips as needed and finally got the angles cut properly.

-- -tommy NJ

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#4 posted 1807 days ago

pcguy, it was pure luck that I got some bookmatched 8/4 cypress pieces.

-- -tommy NJ

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#5 posted 1807 days ago

sweeeet, I like everything about it. the back rest is amazing, I just keep looking at ir.

-- Randy I have the right to remain silent, just not the ability ; )

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#6 posted 1807 days ago

Very well done a beautiful rocker

-- Custom furniture

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#7 posted 1807 days ago

Randy, Taylor’s backrest design results in an extremely comfortable rest for your back. The slats are flexible so they conform to your back when you lean into them.

-- -tommy NJ

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#8 posted 1807 days ago

Very nice looking chair Hix. I live about 45 minutes from this guy and I have never even explored going to talk to him for a few minutes and get a tour of his shop. I guess I should sometime. Thanks for sharing.

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#9 posted 1807 days ago

Nice rocker! I love the cypress. I’ve never had a chance to work with it, being a left coast guy. This should make a great porch rocker. I’m with you; I often do very rough sketches, build in a softwood to get the mistakes and final design worked out and then commit to that curly stock.

Looks to be quite comfortable.

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Ben Kahmann

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#10 posted 1807 days ago

Really wonderfully built chair, can’t wait to see the curly cherry one!

-- Ben Kahmann Dayton, OH

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#11 posted 1807 days ago

It came out fantastic.

Nice chair for your first one.

-- Whether You Think You Can or You Think You Can't, YOU ARE RIGHT!!!

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#12 posted 1807 days ago

Beautiful job! It’s been a year since I spent a week with Hal and I have yet to start mine yet. Thanks for the inspiration!

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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Stanley Coker

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#13 posted 1806 days ago

Great Job, WOW!

-- Stanley, North Georgia

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#14 posted 1803 days ago

That rocker is beautiful. Actually I found (and joined) this site yesterday while researching Sam MaLoof style rockering chairs. I have been thinking about building one for the past year, but I’m not sure my skill level is high enough. However, two days ago I ordered Hal’s new book in PDF format. I’ll read it a dozen times or so and then decide if I’ll take the next step. Once again, Great job.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#15 posted 1803 days ago

Dale, Reading and rereading the instructions is a good starting point. So long as you have the required tools or viable alternatives, I suggest you get hold of some less expensive lumber, doug fir comes to mind, and start cutting away. Hal Taylor is a readily available resource if you should get stuck along the way so why not jump in and prove to yourself just how good a woodworker you really are.

-- -tommy NJ

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