Maloof style Elegant Rocker

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Project by oldrivers posted 01-02-2017 05:00 PM 1840 views 3 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Cherry Rocker I built for my Daughter.
This project has been on my bucket list for some time it was such a joy to build. I learned some new techniques in joinery with the Maloof joints. I used the Scott Morrison plan and templates a piece of cake. The Rocker is constructed from Cherry with Black Walnut accents in the rockers, risers and where the screws are used on the legs, arms and headboard. There is a lot of sculpturing to be done on this chair which defines the character of the finished product. The finish is Tong oil, Maloof finish oils and a final wax. Any dust particles I could feel after the finish dried I burnished with finish wax and 0000 steel wool the finished chair is smooth as glass with a Satin sheen ,my Daughter loves it, hope you like is as well. Thanks for looking

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#1 posted 01-02-2017 05:04 PM

Love these rockers. I need to make another. Great job sir.

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

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#2 posted 01-02-2017 05:18 PM

Excellent job…it looks great.

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#3 posted 01-02-2017 05:34 PM

That belongs in an art show1


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#4 posted 01-02-2017 05:56 PM

This is a beautiful chair and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#5 posted 01-02-2017 05:58 PM

Great job OldRivers! Maloof rockers have held a special place in my imagination since I first saw a picture of one. Then, several years ago I visited with Mark Decou while he had one his shop and was even more impressed. These are exciting pieces of furniture; thanks for sharing your success with us.

-- Jonathan 2Cor. 4:6

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#6 posted 01-02-2017 07:06 PM

lucky daughter- fine fine work

-- phil, nevada

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#7 posted 01-02-2017 07:13 PM

Simply gorgeous! Well done, and I hope you put your mark and dated this family heirloom.

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#8 posted 01-02-2017 07:35 PM

Impressive work – very nice!

-- Practice makes less sucky. (Bill, Minneapolis, MN)

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#9 posted 01-02-2017 09:28 PM

Absolutely beautiful creation, excellent craftsmanship. Great job on the sculpting, nice smooth lines, a project to be proud of.

-- "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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#10 posted 01-03-2017 12:13 AM

Great looking chair, elegant and graceful. Beautiful work.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#11 posted 01-03-2017 02:34 AM

beautiful rocker. Nicely sculpted.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#12 posted 01-03-2017 04:18 AM

It’s on my bucket list too… Job well done! Looks Great

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#13 posted 01-03-2017 04:27 AM

I thank each and every one for you comments and encouragements you guys are the Greatest. Yes Sir Don I marked it. Thanks to you all it has been a fun project.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#15 posted 01-03-2017 05:22 PM

That is gorgeous. Did you also make the arm chair in the background? I wonder if something like that would be a good “first chair” project. The geometry seems simpler.

-- Every project is perfect until it's started.

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