Maloof inspired Walnut Rocker (crazy)

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Project by Les Casteel posted 04-11-2010 07:35 PM 2018 views 4 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is one of my normal type of rocking chairs in design. Not truly Maloof but it emerged from his originals. Anyway, I collect figured wood and occasionally I just slap it all together and whatever comes out…well…comes out. That’s why I call it “CRAZY”. For instance the left arm does not match the right in grain pattern. So, I have curly walnut, some quartersawn, some “tiger” stripes and some knots. A nice lady from Washington D.C. saw it and bought it for her ex NFL Player husband. I guess she didn’t care about the right arm not matching the left. Anyway, I thought you might want to see it before I shipped it.

Thanks for Looking.

-- Les, Arkansas,

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#1 posted 04-11-2010 08:08 PM

Very nice! The two different arms give more grain to see – they look great!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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Canadian Woodworks

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#2 posted 04-11-2010 08:10 PM

looks good and nice web site

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#3 posted 04-11-2010 08:38 PM

great work! that figured walnut looks great.

-- Ike, Big Daddies Woodshop,

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#4 posted 04-11-2010 08:49 PM

A wonderful build very well done.

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 04-11-2010 11:46 PM

What a beautiful chair. You aught to be very proud.

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 04-12-2010 12:12 AM

Very nice lines. I’ll bet it’s a comfortable chair, as well. Beautifully done!

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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#7 posted 04-12-2010 01:00 AM

Graceful and elegant! Love the design. I was just thinking this morning that the rocking chair is probably the last piece of furniture you couldn’t reproduce with that kind of quality on any CNC. Grain direction, hue transition and complementing jointing pieces could only be imagined by a seasoned woodworking craftsman. Love your work!

-- I'd like to believe Murphy's Law haunts my woodshop, because if it's Karma it would mean I had something to do with it. - K.R.

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#8 posted 04-12-2010 03:06 AM

Excellent work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#9 posted 04-12-2010 03:15 AM

Fantastic chair(s)!
May I ask what finish you use over your walnut?
I just love the way the purples and pinks pop!

-- Before you louse it up, THIMK!

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Les Casteel

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#10 posted 04-12-2010 04:39 AM

I break away from Sam on the finish he used which was wipe on oil/wax mixes. I start with a rub of BLO thinned down 50/50. Drown the wood with the first coat, let it soak in and then wipe away the excess. Wait a day then repeat with a light rub of oil, again thinned down. This brings out the grain and shows up any stray glue that I might have missed. Then I switch to Minwax gloss rubbing poly also thinned down. Only use WHITE tee shirt material. Two coats one day. then rub it over with 400 grit. Don’t SAND, just gently rub the 400 over the finish. Blow it off with compressed air (or vacuum) and rub it down with a clean cloth and blow it (or vacuum) again. Then two more coats of Minwax repeat the rubbing and cleaning. Two more and repeat the rubbing and cleaning. I switch to Minwax satin and the seventh coat goes on. Then very, very gently rubbed out with 0000 steel wool and wax, just to get any nubs. Finally, a rub down and buff with a clean white tee shirt. A strong deep finish that resists the oils and acids of human sweat and looks pretty good to boot.

-- Les, Arkansas,

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#11 posted 04-12-2010 04:39 AM

Wow wow wow, Awesome and fantastic.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#12 posted 04-12-2010 01:56 PM

You do Sam justice. Mr. Maloof lives on in his designs that have found such favor in the world. Nice work indeed.


-- When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world. -- John Muir

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#13 posted 04-16-2010 03:00 AM

Beautiful work!

-- Chris

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#14 posted 04-16-2010 07:16 PM

what a splendid chair..I doubt the buyer noticed the arms didn’t match. I have found that customers see somethings and others fly right on by. Congrats on the great chair

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#15 posted 04-16-2010 07:32 PM

Beautiful chair. I bet the customer saw it as a beautiful addition to their home more than worrying about the grain patterns….Only us highly critical wood workers would see this…and of all the wood worker is the most critical of his/her own work. That said, I really enjoyed your description of how you apply the finnish. I am always evaluating finnish techniques and trying new ways to make woods show the best of their grains and colors. I am a mostly a purist with woods as I think the best designer of all is mother nature…there are times for stains and dyes….but most woods are most beautiful au naturel.

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

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