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Project by bkap posted 11-02-2016 11:31 PM 1322 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Maloof style rocking chair was made to fit a customer’s specifications. She liked the ‘Ranch’ front legs and the detail on the front of the arm rest as well as the rounded seat bottom.

This is my least expensive rocker using my least expensive wood. This Argentine Mesquite is two and half time stronger than Oak. It takes a finish almost like glass. I love working this species of wood especially when it shows off its exceptional grain. I never know when a Tiger Striping or some other variation will occur. It is best seen on the seat pictures. The ‘Balance’ is about average and the Headrest is a bit larger because of the customers liking. The vertical orientation of the wood in the Headrest shows off the gain as well.

If you haven’t made one of these rockers yet, get to it. I offer ‘Free’ text sufficient to make a rocker. See my web site for details.

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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#1 posted 11-02-2016 11:39 PM

beautiful chair and gorgeous wood,need to find some of that.been thinking of making a mloof style rocker for a while now,and your right i need to get to it,thanks for the inspiration.

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

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#2 posted 11-03-2016 12:23 AM

You did a beautiful job on this rocker.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#3 posted 11-03-2016 12:25 AM

Absolutely beautiful craftsmanship. I’m in total awe. I went to your web site and love the videos, but could not find any “free text” instructions or diagrams or such. I sure would appreciate it if you can point me to it.

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#4 posted 11-03-2016 12:28 AM

Looks really nice.


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#5 posted 11-03-2016 12:47 AM

Beautiful, Bill!

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 11-03-2016 01:46 AM

You da man Bill!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 11-03-2016 02:34 AM

That is a beautiful chair.

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#8 posted 11-03-2016 03:34 AM

Just awesome

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 11-03-2016 06:48 AM

What a fantastic result bkap

You know I would love to make a chair like this but my skills to produce a finish like yours is beyond my skills at the moment. I have only been working wood for about 5 years so by the time I get the 60 Y skills I will be 120.
As it is today my eyesight is failing my memory as to how to do stuff the same, so I can only admine other LJs work.

Even if I tried today the chair may resemble a Sam Maloof hewn version! and as a result Sam would be displeased to say the least and we could not have that, I dont need to be clouted by a hammer from the sky!!.

-- Regards Robert

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#10 posted 11-03-2016 12:37 PM


-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#11 posted 11-03-2016 02:08 PM

Robert, remember Sam started with his ‘first’ rocker.

In my text I give a ‘time line’ page and if you follow it along step by step any woodworker can make one of these rockers. They look hard because of the finished curved detail however the detail is adder after all the basic wood working is finished. I have had a lot of novice woodworkers use my ‘Free text’ to make their first rocker. With five years of woodworking you are more than qualified. My eyesight is failing so I got several cheep glasses at Wal-Mart and they work fine.

Robert and any other woodworker you can make these rockers to the delight of your family. They do get heaver as you go along so watch your back. If you go step by step it is just ordinary woodworking.

Take a look at my posted free videos on my web site and you can see how easy it is especially with the full seminar test and patterns.

MyHogany, go to my web page at and on the left side of the opening page is a marquee so open ‘supplies’ page and the first paragraph is the about the ‘Free text’. You do have to give the code number so I can keep all the nuisance non-woodworking freeloaders off my back.

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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#12 posted 11-03-2016 02:18 PM

Fantastic rocker. You’ve made Sam very happy

-- JimInNM........Space Case

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#14 posted 11-03-2016 04:19 PM

Wow! This rocker is outstanding.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#15 posted 11-03-2016 05:08 PM

That really “ROCKS”!
Yes, I know bad pun.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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