Maloof inspired Rocker #2

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Project by Reddial posted 07-30-2016 03:28 AM 1640 views 7 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my 2nd Maloof inspired Rocker. For both I was guided by DVDs from Scott Morrison ( My first rocker was walnut. this one is cherry. I’m happy with both. You can view my walnut rocker posted in my projects page.

This second one was somewhat easier since I already had all the recommended jigs, fixtures, and templates.

This is more of a sculpturing project than your typical woodworking project. I used these tools extensively. Additionally, it produced a massive amount of wood chips, shaving and dust, much more than I could stand in my shop. I had to take the aggressive sculpting outside. And wear eye and ear protection and mask.

Below is the completed seat and legs glued up to produce the primary structure. All joinery is consistent with ‘Maloof’ including the 5 degree canter of the rear legs. Nearly everything was cut from true 1 ¾” stock.

Here are some progress pictures;

Bent Lamination to create the rockers. I used the same form for both to assure they were identical.

The accent wood is walnut. I applied 4 coats of Maloof Oil/Poly and 2 coats of Maloof Oil/wax. I will apply a final coat of paste wax.
This is a great project. Go to Scott Morrison’s site ( to get the dvds. With Scott’s instruction, it’s easier than you might think. Good Luck.

-- Darrel..."The biggest threat to 'good' is 'better'.

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#1 posted 07-30-2016 04:53 AM

That’s a beautiful rocker. You did a wonderful job. Sure to become a family heirloom.

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#2 posted 07-30-2016 09:32 AM

Some impressive work there Reddial

Way above my skills, I did make some llittle peoples chairs and it was very rewarding, along with the research into Sams Life style.

Maybe I should get a DVD and “have a go”
Lottsa clamps needed I see, it would cost me a fortune buying tools!!

BTW One of his rockers sold just recently for a small fortune

Among the items on offer was a walnut and ebony rocking chair, dated 1986, by renowned studio craftsman, Sam Maloof. The iconic piece was estimated to bring $30,000-50,000 and sold for $80,500, a new world auction record for a Maloof rocking chair.

-- Regards Robert

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#3 posted 07-30-2016 11:25 AM

Very impressive and great pictures showing the process.

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#4 posted 07-30-2016 12:42 PM

This is awesome Darrel…....and all the pictures are right side up. I’m in the midst of a Maloof inspired chair myself. I have watched most of Morrisons videos on YouTube and they are a great help. For a lot of my work though, I have just winged it. I know what you mean about the mess. I’ve done most of the grinding at the edge of my garage with mask on. I ground my finger pretty good twice in one day. I’ll always have those scars to remember this chair.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#5 posted 07-30-2016 01:26 PM

wonderful looking chair
I’m still at the stage where I think it’s a magic trick ha ha

-- Greg Simon

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#6 posted 07-30-2016 04:13 PM

Beautiful job and photos of progress. That 5th pic really, to me, shows the quality of your finish. Excellent skills…..excellent!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#7 posted 07-30-2016 05:35 PM

awesome build and thanks for the links and pics ,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#8 posted 07-30-2016 05:44 PM

Great job on the Maloof rocker. I have always been passionate about Sam’s furniture. He would have been proud, Darrel.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#9 posted 07-30-2016 05:45 PM

Wow! Darrel, you have done an outstanding job on this rocker. It’s absolutely beautiful and shows a lot of wonderful craftsmanship.

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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#10 posted 07-30-2016 06:21 PM

big maloof fan you did that chair proud great job,gotta get on one myself.

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

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#11 posted 07-30-2016 10:28 PM

Not a chair but a piece of art!

-- Puddy and paint make me what a carpenter I aint.

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#12 posted 07-31-2016 01:16 AM

Nicely done. Feel like I just entered the Twilight Zone though….....I just left the shop not an hour ago after putting on a second finish coat on my first cherry Maloof I sit down at the computer and yours is the first thing that pops up under LJs.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#13 posted 07-31-2016 01:41 AM

Beautiful work Darrel.
I don’t favorite many things, but this rocker deserves it.
Thank you for sharing your talent.


-- Eric, central Florida / Utor praemia operibus duris

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#14 posted 07-31-2016 03:49 AM

Nice. Maloof would be proud.

-- If you think you can or can't you are probably right

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#15 posted 07-31-2016 03:56 AM

very impressive!

-- One good turn deserves another!

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