African Mahogany Maloof Rocker

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Project by yellowtruck75 posted 03-19-2011 02:59 AM 2761 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Maloof inspired rocker made of African Mahogany. This is the first chair that will be use in a few craft fairs this year.

7th rocker and 5th Maloof

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#2 posted 03-19-2011 03:23 AM

Stunnning chair! What finish did you use?

-- Patrick, Helicopters don't fly. They beat the air into submission.

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#3 posted 03-19-2011 03:27 AM

nice chair, where did you get the plans and I second the question about the finish?


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#4 posted 03-19-2011 03:55 AM

Love the chair, I can’t wait until I have the skills to make one.
I make it unanimous, what did you use for the finish?

-- Chuck

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#5 posted 03-19-2011 02:30 PM

Beautiful chair, and my question would be how long did it take you to make?

-- Vince

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#6 posted 03-19-2011 03:28 PM

The plans are from Hal Taylor (

Finish is the premixed Sam maloof Poly/Oil finish

Since this is my 5th Maloof rocker it took me about 4 – 5 weeks on nights a weekends.

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#7 posted 03-19-2011 05:40 PM

There it is! I have the mahogany on my wood rack and the chair on my project list. Just need to find time – a rare commodity for me lately. Another great looking chair – I especially like this one since it is from the same type of wood as the one I set aside …

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 03-19-2011 05:54 PM

Excellent choice in materials and craftsmanship!

Really makes me jealous as I have yet to build a Maloof style rocker. Is this not a rite of passage for woodworkers?

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#9 posted 03-19-2011 07:21 PM

Thanks for all the complaments.

At first I thought the mahogany would be hard to work with but it was great. First time that I had ever worked with mahogany on anything.

As far as a Maloof being a rite of passage for woodworkers. Well I started serious woodworking about 2 years ago and my first rocking chair was completed last Mothers Day and that wasn’t a Maloof. I know that alot of people say these chairs really hard and are on their “bucket list” but to be honet they arn’t to bad to build. This is my 5th Maloof in ~ 10 months and that included 2 children sized chairs which are much harder. Just make sure to get a good set of plans and take your time. The more you build the quicker and easier they get.

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#10 posted 03-19-2011 10:30 PM

Wow, that’s awesome. I love the design and the wood choice…beautiful job. I’m jealous.

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#11 posted 03-20-2011 08:35 PM

Beautiful job! I built my first Maloof style rocker using Hal’s plans and have used both Hal’s and the plans from Robert Hensarling to build the rest of my chairs. You are right, it all starts with good plans and templates. Keep up the good work!

-- Dr.Pepper, Tx

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#12 posted 03-21-2011 08:49 PM

Great looking rocker I really need to free up some time for one of these. Excellent!

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#13 posted 03-21-2011 09:09 PM

I always imagined them to be too difficult, so thanks for the encouragement. I’ve used mahogany before and you’re riight that it’s a real pleasure to work with. Excellent work!

-- My dad and I built a 65 chev pick up.I killed trannys in that thing for some reason-Hog

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