Rocking chair with a twist

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Project by Tim Mahoney posted 01-13-2010 06:46 PM 2600 views 12 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This chair is based upon Sam Maloof’s rocking chairs. I was fortunate to met Sam back in June of last year just before he died. What a wonderful man he was. I learned how to make these chairs from a very talented woodworkder in Montana. He showed me the way to “twist” the arms. I also shape the front legs instead of turning and use laminated back rests. I like to rock but also like to have my feet up so I designed a rocking stool to match the style of the chair. This chair is cherry. I’ve also made them in black walnut. For anyone interested I started a blog on building a chair.
I started my blog with the headrest build as someone had questions on making a headrest of multiple pieces rather than one. I usually start with the seat but sometimes mix it up for a change.

-- Tim Mahoney, So Cal,

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#1 posted 01-13-2010 07:06 PM

Very nice, so when do your classes start…

-- Have thy tools ready. God will find thee work.

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#2 posted 01-13-2010 07:36 PM

Looks great! I have been thinking about trying one of these. I ordered the plans from Charles Brock.

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

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#3 posted 01-13-2010 07:48 PM


Maybe I’ll live long enough to try one of these some day.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#4 posted 01-13-2010 07:59 PM

Beautiful, very nice work. I started my first one last week and I will check out yourblog. Thanks for posting.

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

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#5 posted 01-13-2010 08:12 PM

Very Nice!!! Excellent Craftsmanship!

-- Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 01-13-2010 08:48 PM

I’ve been wanting to build a chair for some time, I’m going to follow your blog for sure!

-- Ryan -- Maple Grove, MN

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#7 posted 01-13-2010 08:59 PM

I have been studying Jeff Miller’s Chairmaking and Design. Through the illustrations, I could tell that Maloof was a major inspiration to many chairmakers who wished to explore a more creative style. Very impressive work. My capabilities are more than a bowshot away but I will be working on some kitchen chairs and a couple rockers this spring. I will be keeping an eye on your blog for pointers that can help me on the way.

Thank you for sharing and Sam would be proud.


-- There is little that is simple when it comes to making a simple box.

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#8 posted 01-13-2010 11:16 PM

Beautiful chairs!!

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#9 posted 01-14-2010 01:57 AM

Beautiful rocker – excellent workmanship.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#10 posted 01-14-2010 02:30 AM

Fabulous a remarkable build and beautiful creation a true work of art.

-- Custom furniture

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#11 posted 01-14-2010 02:58 AM

Fantastic rocker & craftsmanship. Love that rocking stool.

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#12 posted 01-14-2010 01:22 PM

I like it ,

-- Do you like it here or would you rather be working ? .

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#13 posted 01-14-2010 01:44 PM

This is beautiful, thanks for sharing.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#14 posted 01-14-2010 04:44 PM

OK! I agree with everybody, the chair is excellent, but I really like the matching footstool. It really ROCKS.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#15 posted 01-14-2010 04:58 PM

Very nice and I like the blog you started and hope to read more there on this construction.

-- Just remember,it was a lone amatuer that built the ark, and a team of experts built the Titanic.

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