Maloof-Style Double Rocker

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Project by garrett posted 06-13-2010 03:31 AM 3499 views 9 times favorited 32 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After completing a Maloof-style lowback sized for my wife, she wanted a double rocker. I was taking a class at Palomar College in San Marcos, CA in production chairmaking and this seemed the perfect vehicle to help me make the chair.

The rocker is close to Sam’s original with a few modifications. I surrounded the leg joints with purpleheart (I got the idea from Scott Morrison here on LJ) and laminated a 1/8” strip of purpleheart in each of the 13 spindles. Purpleheart is also laminated in the rockers. The arms are the same as the Beverly double rocker on display at the Maloof Foundation.

Most of the rocker is made of California claro walnut milled from the urban forest and the finish is Maloof wipe-off poly/oil and then Maloof wax/oil.

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#1 posted 06-13-2010 03:33 AM

That is awesome. I like everything about this double rocker, craftsmanship, design, wood selection – it’s got it all. Outstanding job.

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

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#2 posted 06-13-2010 03:37 AM

Beautiful, I will attempt a double rocker soon (-:

Thank you for the inspiration!

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

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#3 posted 06-13-2010 04:20 AM

Awesome piece, great craftmanship!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#4 posted 06-13-2010 04:24 AM

Amazing rocker fantastic work

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 06-13-2010 04:49 AM

OOOOH I like that a lot…..............................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#6 posted 06-13-2010 05:19 AM

Fantastic looking rocker. My wife wants a porch swing and this gives me an idea…

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#7 posted 06-13-2010 05:39 AM

Wow. You did a Great Job.

-- Doug - As my Dad taught me, you're not a cabinet maker until you can hide your mistakes.

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#8 posted 06-13-2010 06:22 AM

WOW. Beautiful work!

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#9 posted 06-13-2010 07:02 AM

This rocker is beautifull. great craftsmanship!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#10 posted 06-13-2010 08:52 AM

Now that’s a keeper!

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#11 posted 06-13-2010 10:13 AM

Absolutely superb!

-- I am responsible for how I respond to everything in my life - - Deadwood SD

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#12 posted 06-13-2010 10:37 AM

absolutely stellar

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#13 posted 06-13-2010 01:05 PM

That makes me want to go on retirement RIGHT NOW! The back looks so delicate, but I bet it’s very sturdy.

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#14 posted 06-13-2010 02:40 PM

Truly spectacular work. You have an heirloom piece that you and your wife can be proud of. Thank you for shairng.

-- Scott Morrison, Montana,

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#15 posted 06-13-2010 02:54 PM

What else can be said? Awe-inspiring work! The purpleheart details are a nice touch.

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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