A Couple Maloof Rockers

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Project by zaschaffer posted 01-11-2016 05:00 PM 2548 views 7 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Howdy everyone!

I haven’t posted any projects for a while so I thought I’d show off the last two Maloof style rockers I’ve finished.

Instead of numbering my chairs I name them so one is out of lacewood and walnut (Andrew), and the other is out of curly cherry and walnut (Eleanor). Both are cut from the same shop made templates so they are very similar in shape. I’ve started refining the design quite a bit over the past couple months so these are more elegant than my previous chairs. Hope you enjoy!

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#1 posted 01-11-2016 05:21 PM

Beautiful creations Zach, you do excellent work.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 01-11-2016 07:00 PM

very nice great job on both planning to do one of these myself

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

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#3 posted 01-11-2016 08:03 PM

As always thank ya Oldtool!

and pottz they’re really not as challenging as everyone makes them sound. on the last rocker I built (the curly cherry one) I probably have 3 big days in it. After your first one they turn into more time management than anything (it also doesn’t hurt that I have some snazzy tools). Best of luck!

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#4 posted 01-11-2016 08:17 PM

Great job! One of these is on my bucket list (as soon as the walnut trees are big enough to harvest). But I will definitely not be leaving mine in the middle of the road – LOL. (Love to see that flat Kansas landscape – reminds me of visiting my grandmother as a child).

Thanks for posting and Happy New Year!

-- Leafherder

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#5 posted 01-11-2016 08:49 PM

Not one but two works of art, very nicely done.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#6 posted 01-11-2016 09:30 PM

Beautiful rockers, beautiful prairie.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#7 posted 01-11-2016 11:00 PM

outstanding work! Sam would be proud!

-- PaulMayer,

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#8 posted 01-11-2016 11:59 PM

If I ever make anything that looks that good ,I’m going to quit because I know I’d never be able to do it again.
Keep up the good work.

-- "The pursuit of perfection often yields excellence"

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#9 posted 01-12-2016 01:09 AM

Absolutely magnificent rockers! Both wood choices are beautiful but the lacewood is very unique. You are a “hand” my friend. “3 days”: in my dreams maybe!

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

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#10 posted 01-12-2016 03:06 AM

beautiful chairs and super looking pictures as well.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 01-12-2016 07:38 AM

Very nice looking chairs, and the setting is cool. Now I know why they are called the great plains.

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#12 posted 01-12-2016 11:55 AM

Very nice work, beautiful choice of wood. Those chairs were design to please, and they just do that. Is it difficult to work with lacewood ? I should try it sometimes. Just between you and me I name my chairs too. Once more bravo.

-- andrek

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#13 posted 01-12-2016 02:16 PM

Thanks everyone! And Andrek lacewood is easy to work with. the quarter sawn version of it looks like the nastiest oak ever but the regular sawn is very nice. So on making the bent laminates I had to quarter saw enough to make all the fronts of the spindles and the tops of the rockers.

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#14 posted 01-12-2016 02:35 PM

Congratulations on this rocker. It’s absolutely beautiful.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 01-12-2016 02:43 PM

Outstanding build beautiful Maloof style chairs.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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