Ambrosia Maple Maloof Style Rocker

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Project by Pwilhelm posted 10-04-2016 01:48 PM 1514 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last summer my brother (Mwilhelm) offered to instruct me through building my first rocker. I rounded up some 8/4 ambrosia maple and headed to his house in Texas. We used walnut for the accent layers in the runners, dowel plugs, and the caps at the top of the back legs. We cut a star out of the walnut at the top of each of the legs and inlaid pieces of turquoise in epoxy. All the small worm holes were filled with finely ground turquoise in clear epoxy. The chair was finished primarily with Minwax Tung Oil Finish. Many thanks to Mwilhelm for the help and guidance on this project and others.

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#1 posted 10-04-2016 02:39 PM

Beautiful chair! The grain matching on the back slats is awesome. Very well done, congrats.

-- --Zach

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#2 posted 10-04-2016 03:31 PM


-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#3 posted 10-04-2016 03:52 PM

Fantastic! Sam would smile, no doubt.

-- Dale

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#4 posted 10-04-2016 04:33 PM

. The chair has a proud look to it sitting outside soaking in the Sun ! You did a Great Job !

-- "Tying shoelaces was way harder than learning to Whistle"

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#5 posted 10-04-2016 04:57 PM

excellent job thats a beautiful chair,and a nice way to introduce yourself.welcome to lumber jocks.

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

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#6 posted 10-04-2016 06:30 PM

Beautiful shape. It actualy looks comfortable.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#7 posted 10-04-2016 08:38 PM

Not bad for your first rocker! Looks beautiful.

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#8 posted 10-04-2016 09:53 PM

That’s a beautiful Maloof rocker! That ambrosia maple looks great, and those turquoise accents are amazing!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#9 posted 10-04-2016 10:20 PM

Beautiful chair, and proof of the old saying “success is in the details”. I LOVE those turquoise accents. Goining into my favorites for future reference. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#10 posted 10-04-2016 11:40 PM

Dang that is beautiful. I love ambrosia maple but never thought of building a chair with it. Since seeing yours my thoughts have changed. Very nice work you SHOULD be proud.
Thanks for sharing

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#11 posted 10-05-2016 01:09 AM

Beautiful Chair & workmanship.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#12 posted 10-05-2016 12:51 PM

Now that is what I call a beautiful rocker. You did a wonderful job on it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#13 posted 10-05-2016 01:04 PM

great looking chair

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