Sculpted walnut rocking chair

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Project by Tim Dahn posted 970 days ago 3059 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 970 days ago

WOW that is nice, and looks so comfortable.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#2 posted 970 days ago

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 970 days ago

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 970 days ago

Beautiful chair Tim .

-- Custom furniture

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#5 posted 970 days ago

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 970 days ago

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 970 days ago

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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Tim Dahn

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#8 posted 970 days ago

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 970 days ago

Excellent piece Tim.

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

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#10 posted 970 days ago

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

-- Michael A. Norman

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#11 posted 969 days ago

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 969 days ago

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 松

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#13 posted 969 days ago

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

-- HenryH - PA

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#14 posted 969 days ago

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 969 days ago

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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