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Project by Tim Mahoney posted 1651 days ago 2413 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. trident98.blogspot.com
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, http://www.mahoneywoodworks.com





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Raspar

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#1 posted 1651 days ago

Very nice, so when do your classes start…

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

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Rob W

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#2 posted 1651 days ago

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!, http://www.witzkewood.com

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CharlieM1958

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#3 posted 1651 days ago

Outstanding!

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

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

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Dale

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#4 posted 1651 days ago

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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Dennis Zongker

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#5 posted 1651 days ago

Very Nice!!! Excellent Craftsmanship!

-- Dennis Zongker

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bues0022

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#6 posted 1651 days ago

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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David Craig

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#7 posted 1651 days ago

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.

David

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

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F Dudak

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#8 posted 1651 days ago

Beautiful chairs!!

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

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woodworm

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#9 posted 1651 days ago

Beautiful rocker – excellent workmanship.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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a1Jim

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#10 posted 1651 days ago

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

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Loucarb

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#11 posted 1651 days ago

Fantastic rocker & craftsmanship. Love that rocking stool.

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mcchairs

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#12 posted 1650 days ago

I like it ,

-- Do you like it here or would you rather be working ? . mcchairs@tpg.com.au

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Andrew

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#13 posted 1650 days ago

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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Ampeater

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#14 posted 1650 days ago

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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mranum

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#15 posted 1650 days ago

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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