Sculpted walnut rocking chair

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Project by Tim Dahn posted 01-02-2012 09:26 PM 4080 views 14 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Over the last nine months in between work, lawn mowing, other projects, etc. I would spend an hour or two here and there working on this chair. I was beginning to think it was going to be a permanent fixture in the shop but with the changing of the seasons I have been able to devote more time and finished it on New Years evening.

I used (and recommend) the Hal Taylor plan, book and video, very informative and comprehensive, Hal was just an email or phone call away when needed.

I made changes to the headrest, arm shape and rocker tails to suit my own taste, my goal was to give it a little more maloof look.

The finish is a mixture of: 1/3 boiled linseed oil, 1/3 Cabots satin polyurethane. 1/3 mineral spirits, I used two coats then waxed.

Overall this has been most challenging and satisfying woodworking project to date.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#1 posted 01-03-2012 12:31 AM

WOW that is nice, and looks so comfortable.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 01-03-2012 12:43 AM

Great work.
Something to be proud of.
I like the sapwood down the middle of the seat.
I have Hal’s plans but have yet to start.

What router bits did you use to make the leg to seat joint?

-- Scott Smith, Southern Illinois

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#3 posted 01-03-2012 12:45 AM

very nice, I would love to try my hand at one of these, maybe in a few years. With 18mo twins I have to stick to the 1-2 week long projects or they never get done.

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#4 posted 01-03-2012 01:03 AM

Beautiful chair Tim .

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#5 posted 01-03-2012 01:27 AM

Nice finished product. I just started a Maloof style rocker using Charles Brocks video, book and plans. I was just wondering about how long it was going to take to finish when I read your post. Hope I can finish mine by next New Years Eve.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#6 posted 01-03-2012 01:37 AM

Wow Tim that is awesome! Simply beautiful. All the fine and subtle details add up to a fine, fine piece of work.

-- I was born at a very young age, as I grew up, I got older.

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#7 posted 01-03-2012 01:49 AM

I have a chair on my list also. I haven’t ordered the plans yet, but am getting closer. It looks great and I bet that it feels just a good to rock in.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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#8 posted 01-03-2012 01:57 AM

Thanks for the positive comments. Its is a very comfortable chair, one of the deciding factors for me was the flexible laminated backrests. I had the good fortune to sit in a couple of Hal’s chairs when I bought the plans and that cinched it for me.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#9 posted 01-03-2012 02:21 AM

Excellent piece Tim.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#10 posted 01-03-2012 02:37 AM

Beautiful chair Tim. I made a walnut rocker very similar.

-- Michael A. Norman

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#11 posted 01-03-2012 02:59 AM

Outstanding rocker. You should be proud.

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#12 posted 01-03-2012 03:17 AM

Tim congratulations on this beautiful Maloof style rocker !
The quality of your craftsmanship is on par with the best of them .
The tightness of the joinery is evident throughout the chair and you are not hesitant to show it in close up pics .
The design details of your own are wonderful and make it unique .
I especially like the laminated back slats , very attractive detail and break up the otherwise single wood species used .
Thank you for posting this marvelous chair .

-- Kiefer

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#13 posted 01-03-2012 03:30 AM

Great work Tim.
Nice you made changes to suit you.

-- HenryH - PA

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#14 posted 01-03-2012 04:39 AM

Tim that is a very beautiful rocker. I like the personal touch changes that you made.

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

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#15 posted 01-03-2012 04:55 AM

Great rocker. I have the walnut in the basement ready to go for my first attempt at a maloof style rocker. Thanks for sharing your work.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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