Rocking Chairs

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Project by gashley posted 03-03-2010 10:41 PM 1636 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

In 1991, I was lucky enough to take a weekend seminar from Sam Maloof (at Anderson Ranch in Snowmass, CO). I was already a big fan, but he had one of his trademark rockers there for delivery to a client. Probably one of the most beautiful pieces of woodworking I’ve ever seen. Since that time I had always wanted to build my own Maloof style rocker.

Several years ago I used the plans from Hal Taylor to build 2 rockers. The first, out of cherry (see me kneeling on the 2 boards above) was my “demo” rocker to learn the techniques and before I built my final rocker, one made out of cocobolo rosewood that I had been patiently buyiing and hoarding for years. That includes some “green”, 4×4 cocobolo “posts” that I sank in a tub of sawdust for about 6 years to allow to dry properly. When cut open, they proved to be some the prettiest pieces of cocobolo I’ve ever seen.

The pictures don’t really do the figure in the cherry rocker justice, but they were 2 wonderful planks I bought from Good Hope hardwoods. The rosewood chair has a beautiful, very natural luster to it. Both were just finished with a Deft wiping finish and rubbed out for a satin finish.

-- Gary in OP

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#1 posted 03-03-2010 10:53 PM

Astounding. I make a lot of chairs (windsor & shaker), and someday maybe when I grow up, I’ll be able to make one of these. Fantastic

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#2 posted 03-03-2010 11:46 PM

This is absolutely gorgeous. If I ever reach the point that I can make something like this, I will feel like I finally “made it” as a woodworker. Clearly, you have.

-- Rich, Cedar Rapids, IA - I'm a woodworker. I don't create beauty, I reveal it.

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#3 posted 03-04-2010 01:43 AM

Awesome chairs!!!! I bought the plans from Hal recently and after seeing these chairs really need to get moving and get one made. I can’t wait to see if it sits as good as it looks.Great job!!

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

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#4 posted 03-04-2010 02:17 AM

Beautifylly done!

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#5 posted 03-04-2010 09:14 AM


-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#6 posted 03-04-2010 02:49 PM

Great looking chairs! I also used Hal’s plans to build a couple of chairs, they really do make it a rewarding experience.

-- Dr.Pepper, Tx

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#7 posted 03-04-2010 03:28 PM


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

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#8 posted 03-04-2010 09:43 PM

Very, very nice chairs.

Thanks for sharing the pics with us.

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