Maloof Inspired Rocker

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Project by Charles Brock posted 03-10-2010 12:50 AM 2916 views 7 times favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am a professional woodworker, teacher and publisher of the Build A Maloof Inspired Furniture Series. Each instructional bundle contains a DVD, Book, Full-Size Patterns and On-line Support designed to help you build your Maloof Inspired Rocker or (available soon) the Maloof Inspired Low Back Dining Chair.

This rocker design I call the Maloof Inspired Rocker. Like so many fine woodworkers I was totally enthralled with my first sighting of the Maloof rocker. Most people my age (60) can tell you where they were when President Kennedy was shot or more recently where they were when they heard about 9/11. Likewise, most woodworkers remember where they were and how they felt when they first saw of a Maloof rocker. The flowing lines and seemingly organic qualities set it apart. Sam left us with the fruit of his visions and life’s work that are unmatched. I can’t build Sam’s chair, shouldn’t and couldn’t but the project is on the “Bucket List” of most fine woodworkers to finish before their work is through.

My rocker in 8/4 and 10/4 black walnut features maple and ebony highlights with an oil and beeswax, hand rubbed finish. The back legs have 6 degrees of splay while the front legs feature an offset turning. The spindles are carved from solid walnut while the signature reverse curve rockers are cold form laminations. The seat is coopered at 3 degrees and assembled with dominos. Its 5 boards are contoured with a bandsaw, Festool RAS 115, scrapers and sandpaper. The sanding schedule goes through the grits up to 400 and is burnished w/ red, gray and white 3M pads.

This rocker was featured in my DVD and has been taught to hundreds of woodworkers all over the world.

-- Charles Brock

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#1 posted 03-10-2010 01:01 AM

WoW, awesome, great job,
I am speechless.
WoW, awesome, great job.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#2 posted 03-10-2010 01:05 AM

You are indeed a master craftsman, beautiful chair.

-- Nubs,Reserve

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#3 posted 03-10-2010 01:22 AM

Charles, did you use the video, book or take one of the classes to do this? I was considering purchasing the book, video and plans as there is nowhere close enought to take the class – I am curious as to the quality of them. Like you, I have been mesmerized by the Maloof style and want to make one of these beautiful pieces. I have made a few flat style rocking chairs…but none of them have the beauty of Maloofs flowing lines.

Your chair is a masterpiece by the way. The craftsmanship is extraordinary, excellent wood and spectacular finish….It is destined to become a family heirloom (either to your family…or to a customer’s). Thanks for sharing.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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#4 posted 03-10-2010 01:51 AM

Got to be one of the finest projects ever posted on this site.
Truly beautiful.

-- Carl R Mesaros

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#5 posted 03-10-2010 02:05 AM

Absolutely beautiful. I love the Maloof style rocker.

-- Mike ...Success is often the result of taking a misstep in the right direction

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#6 posted 03-10-2010 02:09 AM

Looks comfortable , let me call one o mah gran -childrn ovr ta test it.
Now thats a nice piece of work. congratulations.

-- J. E. Ekholdt, Wrightwood,

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#7 posted 03-10-2010 02:11 AM

I think Sam would like it.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 03-10-2010 02:48 AM

This is on my Bucket List for sure.

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#9 posted 03-10-2010 03:59 AM


I’ve been watching the Highland Woodworking posts, and haven’t seen your 2 day class on the chair making process. Are you going to have one this year? I did notice where someone said you held the class at a Woodcraft store. I suggested to the TX Woodcraft store owner to check into getting you here in TX…don’t know if that is plausible from your perspective, but I thought I would try. Without forgetting….you make a beautiful chair; I had already purchased another set of plans, but when I saw your chair for the first time, I did a 180* and purchased you plans and video. I’m looking forward to when I can start the “chair” project.

-- Don, San Antonio, TX

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#10 posted 03-10-2010 04:03 AM

I agree, this is a must for my bucket list. I have been a huge fan of Sam Maloof since I first got his WOODWORKER book back in the late 70’s. Amazing job well done!

-- Don, Indiana,

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#11 posted 03-10-2010 06:54 AM

great rocker. maloof would be proud

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#12 posted 03-10-2010 12:52 PM

Well done beautifull rocker.

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#13 posted 03-10-2010 03:18 PM

Awesome Chuck

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

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#14 posted 03-10-2010 04:31 PM

Beautiful, as always!

As someone who took one of Chuck’s weekend classes, I highly recommend his plans – I was in the pre-DVD crowd, but the plans, instructions, and class allowed me to make one of these beauties
My chair, using Chuck’s plans.

-- To do is to be

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#15 posted 03-10-2010 11:51 PM

I am also speechless. Spectacular! I’m humbled. I can only dream of making something of this caliber. I’m so happy to see it and appreciate it! Thanks!

-- Oshkosh, Wisconsin

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