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Project by okwoodshop posted 10-29-2009 10:34 PM 2066 views 1 time favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been obsessed with Sam Maloof style rockers ever since I first heard about them Two years ago.( I know I’m way behind) Thanks to Scott Shangraw at NY rockers and the build along he did on LJ’s plus some advice from Laron Algren who builds beautiful rockers in Ohio, I decided to give it an attempt. I can’t afford the template’s and instructions from Hal Taylor just yet but believe me I will send for them as soon as I can save the money. His free instrutions from his website were invaluable to me though. I made a lot of boo-boos and whoops on this one which I think those plans would help you avoid. Anyone thinking of building one of these my advice would be get the plans if you can afford them and if not just go for it. I used red oak which I had a lot of and wasn’t ready to commit walnut or other expensive wood yet. I can’t believe how comfy this chair is. It feels like someone is hugging your backside. My daughter, who I already made a rocker for, wants to trade for this one. I never get to sell anything. Well now I have to decide how to finish it, probably golden oak stain and satin poly???

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#1 posted 10-29-2009 11:35 PM

In spite of your trial and errors no one would know after looking at your beautiful Chair. Look forward to the finished chair. Great job.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 10-29-2009 11:56 PM

Great looking chair.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#3 posted 10-29-2009 11:59 PM

Looks really nice. my wife loves collecting old chairs, not antiques, just old. I have been afraid to try a real chair, but really want to, soon. nice job!

-- Z, Rockwall, TX

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#4 posted 10-30-2009 02:32 AM

Beautiful! I really like the shape of the armrest.
Great job!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 10-30-2009 05:50 AM

That’s a very impressive job. I’ve never attempted a Maloof style rocker yet (it’s on the top 3 of my 20000000 items to-do list) but I think I speak the voice of many if I say you don’t need the plans !

Thanks a lot for sharing

-- 100 fois sur le metier remettez votre ouvrage

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#6 posted 10-30-2009 06:24 AM

I can’t seem to find the plans online that you were talking about, do you have a link?

-- Ryan -- Bristow, VA

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#7 posted 10-30-2009 06:30 AM

I think you did a superb job on the rocker. Congrats on tackling the project.

One finish you may want to concider is a “Olde English Style”, its basically a heavy brown stain with a dark, dark walnut glaze that is applied and then wiped away, leaving the very dark areas in all the nooks and crannies.
Or you could just go with the golden oak- LOL.
Please post some pics after the finish is applied.

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#8 posted 10-30-2009 09:04 AM

I think Sam, would appove, it looks very comfortable, and one of his main premises was that a chair must feel good when you sit in it. I hope one day to work on a chair project, and I hope it will look and feel comfortable. And if this is your first, how much better will your second one be? You are building a second??? You don’t want your wife sitting on the ground after all!!! Great chair.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#9 posted 10-30-2009 09:22 AM

thanks everyone, I apologize to Rich at nyrockers I got you and Scott mixed up. Your build along was great and I thank you. Dave , I like that idea for a finish, thanks. bues0022, try and after you look at his chairs (especially his Nanny Rocker) click on links and you will find alll kinds of great rocker stuff including Hal Taylors.

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#10 posted 10-30-2009 01:01 PM

Great looking chair!

Direct links to Hal Taylor’s websites are:

You can check my blog for the great week I spent at Hal’s.

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#11 posted 10-30-2009 02:11 PM

Looks great

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#12 posted 10-30-2009 06:47 PM

After this, you should change your name fro okwoodshop to damngoodwoodshop! You Maloof guys are giving me the itch!

As for the finish, red oak can be dramatically stained and the contrast really accentuated. Since Maloof chairs are rather dark, I’d look into a nice, deep, rich stain. I make tons of finish samples before I do the real thing. Good luck, great job.

-- You can't control the wind, but you can trim your sails

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#13 posted 10-30-2009 08:20 PM

Beautiful rocker. I agree with captain skully about the renaming.

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#14 posted 10-30-2009 11:56 PM

That is a beauty!! A masterpiece!! This past spring I went to an American Craft Council show and met Scott Morrison there. To be able to see this style of work in person is breath-taking. He has some DVD’s and a lot of various styles, still with in this area. Check out his site when you get a chance.

You’ve made a masterpiece!! Well Done!!

-- Greg H.-Chaseburg, WI.

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#15 posted 11-01-2009 03:38 PM

That rocker is absolutely beautiful. I to have been obsessed with the MaLoof rocker and at age 67 I finally decided to try it. I bought Hal’s new book, templates and video, just finished watching the 10 hour video last night (it is excellant). With all of these aids at my disposal I wil be very happy if my rocker comes even close to yours. Again, very nice job.

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

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