|Project by Marshall||posted 12-30-2015 02:11 AM||1332 views||5 times favorited||19 comments|
I’ve been wanting to build a Maloof style rocker for about as long as I’ve been a woodworker (about 5 years I think)... I always put it off thinking that my skills weren’t there yet. Well, I still think that, but I did recently complete my first rocking chair.
My wife and I had our first baby about 3 months ago, and when we found out she was pregnant, I decided to build this chair for my son.
I started looking around online for plans, tutorials, classes, etc. I decided to buy the book and template set from Hal Taylor. His book and DVD does a phenomenal job explaining and illustrating the build process step by step. He also answers questions by email and through his yahoo group community. Without him and the yahoo group, there’s no way I could’ve completed this project.
The legs, arms, and rockers are made from two bookmatched walnut slabs. The seat and headrest come from a third slab. I tried to match the look of the grain and sapwood throughout the chair. The back braces actually come from some scrap walnut I had laying in my shop. I actually love the way they turned out with the gnarly grain pattern.
This project pushed the limits of my woodworking skill, and taught me new skills. It also provided an excuse for a few new tools :). It didn’t come out perfect, but I’m quite happy with the results. It took about 8 months to complete my first chair, and I’m already looking forward to starting my second!
Check my blog for photos of the build process.
Thanks for looking!
-- Marshall - http://mcomisar.tumblr.com