first shot at a Maloof Rocking Chair, Curly Maple

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Project by DaytonB posted 10-26-2007 04:56 PM 4827 views 9 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was My first “big people” chair, after practicing Maloof’s locking rabbet joints on the Highchairs I figured I was ready to build something I that I could actually set it. After a week or so of trying different template designs and stock selection and then about 5 more weeks of joining, sculpting and sanding my butt off I was done. I only had to rebuild the seat once : ) I started doing one in Walnut along with this one but I “sculpted” (grinding with 5” and 9” angle grinders) too much in several places so I ended up scraping that one up to experience.
There are several things that I will do differently next time, like spacing the spindles wider and having them curve a little more, but it turned out OK and it’s very comfortable. Just about everyone says it’s the most comfortable rocker they’ve ever set it, so that make me happy.

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Damian Penney

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#1 posted 10-26-2007 04:58 PM

Looks great, doing the man proud.

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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#2 posted 10-26-2007 05:02 PM

Very courageous – and the end result is superb.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#3 posted 10-26-2007 05:10 PM

It’s an impressive undertaking.

-- You can discover more about a person in an hour of play than in a year of conversation. (Plato)

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#4 posted 10-26-2007 05:13 PM

It is an honor to view your work. Very nice.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#5 posted 10-26-2007 05:22 PM

Congrats on a truely wonderful chair. Like the Maloof originals, yours is fine art. Not just furniture.

-- Bob

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#6 posted 10-26-2007 05:37 PM

A beautiful chair indeed. One of these days!!!!!!!

-- Max "Desperado", Salt Lake City, UT

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#7 posted 10-26-2007 11:19 PM

Dang, that is sweet….

-- John

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#8 posted 10-26-2007 11:32 PM

Your chair is absolutely magnificent. Thank you for showing it. Wonderful…

-- Res severa verum gaudium - True pleasure is a serious business.

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#9 posted 10-27-2007 03:28 AM

This is a wondreful rocking chair. I won’t need to comment on the rest of your projects they are all really great. Bring some more.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#10 posted 10-27-2007 09:13 AM

All I have to say is…WOW!

-- Dorje (pronounced "door-jay"), Seattle, WA

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#11 posted 10-28-2007 05:24 AM

Nice rocker!!! they get easier after the first

-- Scott NM,

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#12 posted 10-28-2007 07:41 AM

Beautiful rocker. A great job.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#13 posted 10-29-2007 10:27 AM

Outstanding looking rocker.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#14 posted 01-22-2008 07:09 PM

i’m thinking of tring a project like this…it looks great !!!
is there a site where a guy could get plans ?

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#15 posted 01-22-2008 08:18 PM

Wow, that’s nice!

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