English Walnut Rocking Chair

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Project by Hal Taylor posted 01-19-2012 04:21 PM 3358 views 21 times favorited 44 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is an English walnut rocking chair I recently completed for Kyle. It took a week to figure out how I was going to use the wood and then a week taking the wood apart and putting it back together to get the boards I wanted then two weeks to complete the chair. It was a lot of fun.

-- Hal, VA,

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#1 posted 01-19-2012 04:32 PM

A work of Art Hal.
I have built two rockers using your plans. I appreciate you sharing both your knowledge and craftsmanship.

-- HenryH - PA

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#2 posted 01-19-2012 04:38 PM

Amazing piece of Art!

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#3 posted 01-19-2012 04:39 PM

Gorgeous build! The end result is evident to the amount of planning you put into this. Love the attention to detail, excellent craftsmanship

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#4 posted 01-19-2012 04:58 PM

That is BEAUTIFUL!!!

-- Jimi _ Measure twice, cut once.......@#%#$@!!!......measure twice, cut....

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#5 posted 01-19-2012 04:59 PM

That is really wild wood – I love how you matched the backslats to have that sweeping stair step in sapwood from left to right.

-- I don't trust trees. They're kinda shady

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#6 posted 01-19-2012 05:02 PM

Thanks for sharing, the grain and rocker are awesome.

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#7 posted 01-19-2012 05:20 PM

Beautiful chair and amazing wood. Outstanding workmanship.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 01-19-2012 05:24 PM

Hal, that is truely amazing, wonderful build. I have ordered your plans and cd, about a year ago. Work and finishing our house and cabinets keep getting in the way. I have been using the sterling bandsaw blades you sell and love them, they slice thru 2” walnut like butter. I will be finishing rocker forms this weekend. You are truly a craftman and an artist. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and craftmanship. Bob

-- Bob, Lewistown, Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#9 posted 01-19-2012 05:40 PM

veeeerrrry nice work. A rocker is on my to do list, to be made out of deadhead cypress. I only hope it tuns out as nice. Great work!

-- Angular error is proportionate to the distance run

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#10 posted 01-19-2012 06:33 PM

What a fantastic eye for grain you have. The stretchers are captivating.

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#11 posted 01-19-2012 07:13 PM

Hal, that is one beuutiful rocker, I especially like what you did with the back slats and arms. I also have your plans (book), video and templets. Just finished the front legs for one yesterday (except for sanding).

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

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#12 posted 01-19-2012 08:08 PM

Man that is reall y nice! Love the wood and the craftmanship is top notch to boot! Great work.

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

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#13 posted 01-19-2012 09:02 PM

Just awesome! Beautiful use of the grain.

-- Chuck

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#14 posted 01-19-2012 09:27 PM

That’s beautiful Hal. I hope to attach the rockers to my chair this weekend and do some final sanding. The plans have been great – so thorough and detailed that I haven’t had to pester you for help. I highly recommend these plans to anyone. I’ll send you some pics when I’m done.

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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#15 posted 01-19-2012 10:38 PM

that’s awesome. Love the wood!

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