My first Hal Taylor chair - walnut

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Project by mls posted 02-23-2011 04:25 AM 2175 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Well I just completed my first Hal Taylor rocking chair. I can say, without reservation, that it is the most comfortable wooden rocker that I’ve ever sat in due to the living back design. The back braces are not glued into the chair but are able to move and flex. It rocks great too. Hal did a great job on the design which has evolved over 300 chairs. Hal was also great to answer email questions. It took about 40 hours to build all of the special jigs and fixtures, then about 110 hours on the chair for a total of around 150 hours. I think I could do a second one in under 100 hours. But alas we are approaching mowing season again and I’ll have to wait till next winter’s project. I think it will be in the family a long time and be something the kids can fight over someday when I’m gone. There is lots of sanding and grinding in this project since there are no flat surfaces anywhere on this project. If you decide to take on the project, I know you’ll be pleased with the outcome.

-- Mike, Missouri ---Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson---

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#1 posted 02-23-2011 04:28 AM

Great looking chair.

I have one like it but I’m at the sanding stage and I hate sanding so it’s been sitting around for over a year waiting.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 02-23-2011 04:49 AM

Wow great job looks outstanding i am about 2 years away from atempt to make a chair like that. Great craftsmanship.

-- Monty Q, Columbia, South Carolina.

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#3 posted 02-23-2011 05:03 AM

yes a lot of skill in that chair wow with the walnut

-- life an woodworking is one big experiment

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#4 posted 02-23-2011 05:42 AM

Nice work Mike!

-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#5 posted 02-23-2011 12:12 PM

WOW, What a great looking rocker! It looks perfect! The finish looks flawless and love the lamination on the feet. One to be proud of.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#6 posted 02-23-2011 04:02 PM

Well Done !!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#7 posted 02-23-2011 08:14 PM

I’m in the process of building mine right now. It’s great to see another finished product to see where mine will go eventually. I like the use of multiple woods as accent, and you seemed to capture that (and the sapwood from the walnut) very nicely. Great chair!

-- Ryan -- Bristow, VA

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#8 posted 02-23-2011 08:57 PM

Really great work

-- Tim, Nevada MO

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#9 posted 02-23-2011 10:06 PM

Hal’s chair is a beautiful chair and you did it justice in craftsmanship and lumber selection. His detailed templates, plans, video, pictures are spot on with the information needed to take on this endeavor, not only does he tell you how to do it he explains why he does it his way.

I like that you said your FIRST Hal Taylor rocking chair, does this mean there are more to come?

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

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#10 posted 02-24-2011 01:30 AM

Thanks for all the comments. Seems a shame to build all those jibs and fixtures without using them again. Maybe next year’s winter project?

-- Mike, Missouri ---Write it on your heart that every day is the best day of the year. Ralph Waldo Emerson---

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#11 posted 02-24-2011 02:03 AM

This is a great looking chair. It looks comfortable too.

Great work!

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#12 posted 02-24-2011 04:56 AM

Excellent result. Beautiful materials and execution. A chair like this is on my list (someday) – I’m pretty sure Hal Taylor will be who I use for plans.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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