Sam Maloof style rocker

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Project by Jeff_F posted 11-22-2011 12:27 AM 2430 views 2 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I participated in a class to build a Sam Maloof style rocking chair taught by Randy Child. Randy was a friend of Sam Maloof and has built many rockers in this style. He offers a class in California but he came to VA to teach the class I attended. The chair is tiger maple with a ‘colonial maple’ type dye.

-- Jeff,

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#1 posted 11-22-2011 01:04 AM


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#2 posted 11-22-2011 01:40 AM

Nice chair. You’ve done a great job. I have purchased some walnut and plan to attempt a Maloof rocker in the new year. Any hints or suggestions?

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 11-22-2011 01:54 AM

That looks so comfortable, great job

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 11-22-2011 02:12 AM

Woodbridge…you will get a new appreciation for the use of rasps!! Although a lot of work can be done with power tools including grinders, the finish work is (should) be done by hand with rasps. Get some good quality rasps (eg; Auriou rasps…that is French for expensive!)

Here is a good example of why you use a rasp from Randy….the master rasp’er!!

-- Jeff,

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#5 posted 11-22-2011 02:39 AM

I want to make one too!

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#6 posted 11-22-2011 03:35 AM

Great job jeff

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#7 posted 11-22-2011 03:57 AM

That’s a beautiful chair. Well done!

-- Dan - Valparaiso, Indiana, "A smart man changes his mind, a fool never does."

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#8 posted 11-22-2011 04:01 AM


-- The mistakes I make in woodworking are not mistakes they just give my projects character- Me

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#9 posted 11-22-2011 04:21 AM

What a beautiful job. I hope you get to keep that one!


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#10 posted 11-22-2011 08:39 AM

Exceptionally beautiful chair. How many hours did it take?

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#11 posted 11-22-2011 12:27 PM

A real beauty, I think the Master would be impressed.

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

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#12 posted 11-22-2011 01:15 PM

You have a beautiful chair! Great craftsmanship in your construction and a beautiful finish on your chair.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#13 posted 11-22-2011 04:12 PM

Well done.

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

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