Hal Taylor Rocking Chair

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Project by Jarrhead posted 06-09-2011 11:54 PM 3472 views 5 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After I had been involved in woodworking for a few years, I was awestruck when I saw my first photo of a Sam Maloof Rocking chair. I told myself that someday I would like to be able to produce something that beautiful out of wood. A few years ago I stumbled on Hal Taylor’s website, and after finally talking myself into it, I took the plunge and purchased Hal’s plans. I must admit, I was a little apprehensive. The joinery looked complex, and the shaping looked like it would require an artists touch (which I surely don’t have). Never-the-less, Hal was reassuring that I could do it. He is also true to his word when he says on his website that he is only a phone call or e-mail away, if one of his customers needs assistance. Well I started this project months ago, and finally finished it today. I certainly wouldn’t claim to have reached the aesthetic beauty of a Maloof rocker, but considering it came from my own hand, I am very satisfied with the results. I was very saddened last year when I heard that Sam passed away. He was an inspiration to so many woodworkers. I am sure his influence will be felt for many generations to come. RIP Sam.

-- trn2wud

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#1 posted 06-10-2011 12:00 AM

Nice job. This chair looks beautiful.

-- wood maestro....... Be Well, Do good work, and Stay in touch

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#2 posted 06-10-2011 12:15 AM

What a beautiful looking chair, superb craftsmanship.

I too would like to make a chair like that.

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#3 posted 06-10-2011 12:50 AM

It’s fantastic
We have all seen a piece by Sam Maloof that we “WILL” build some day, but you did it !

I can only imagine what it must feel like to have undertaken and completed this project.
Thanks for posting.

-- Anthony

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#4 posted 06-10-2011 01:05 AM

Fantastic – Sam would be proud of you I’m certain!

I think the contrasting plugs are a great touch.


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: /

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#5 posted 06-10-2011 01:38 AM

Well done!

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#6 posted 06-10-2011 02:16 AM

You’ve done a great job, I feel sure that Sam would agree as well as Hal.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#7 posted 06-10-2011 02:59 AM

Wow! I don’t comment on furniture much since I have no experience building same, but your chair has got to be one of the prettiest pieces of woodworking art that I’ve seen anywhere.

An heirloom indeed!

-- Smitty

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#8 posted 06-10-2011 10:17 AM

I love your chair. I’ve been thinking about building one for some time. I guess it’s time I sent Hal some money and get started… Walnut, maple or cherry? I can’t decide which one to build it from.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#9 posted 06-10-2011 01:45 PM

Beautiful! Well done!

-- christopheralan

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#10 posted 06-10-2011 04:53 PM

hi great job on building your rocking char it looks fantastic
you should be proud of yourself
happy rocking
how many hours did it take you
what wood did you use
thanks for sharing

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#11 posted 06-10-2011 07:22 PM

Very nice and probably a comfortable chair. I really liked the curve of the back.

-- Elhan, Azerbaijan

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#12 posted 06-10-2011 09:14 PM

How many hours? I couldn’t begin to guess. The next one will go much faster because a lot of time is spent on building jigs, forms, and little “tools”. This chair is made out of maple. The plugs are padouk. The finish is Deft Stain and Finish, (neutral).

-- trn2wud

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