A cavity in the middle of the seat bottom oh no!

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Project by wrench posted 02-28-2012 06:48 PM 2994 views 10 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project was my first rocking chair and my most challenging and fun project to date. It is a curly maple Sam Maloof inspired rocker. The Maple leaf inlay is mahogany and the finish is a bush oil finish. I did not plan the inlay. As I started to carve out the seat bottom a quarter size cavity started to show.

so my solution was a inlay. I am quite happy with the repair.

When I built the chair I did not have any any books, dvd, plan, or classes of any kind. I watched this video of Sam Maloof and his story inspired me. This chairs not the same as Sam’s design. I was having so much fun building it. I cant wait for the next one.

-- J Wrench Syracuse New York

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#1 posted 02-28-2012 07:03 PM

Fantastic Rocker, and the inlay turned out amazing. That wood is gorgeous.

-- I never finish anyth

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#2 posted 02-28-2012 08:06 PM

You have a beautiful rocker! I carve gunstocks and have seen many blocks of wood that have voids or other defects that aren’t visible on the surface. The maple leaf you’ve created has turned a defect into one of the prize features of your rocker. A master craftsman doesn’t make perfect projects, a master craftsman can make any project look perfect.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#3 posted 02-28-2012 08:46 PM

Very nice rocker and a beautiful save.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#4 posted 02-28-2012 08:47 PM

Very nice woodworking. Great save with the inlay.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#5 posted 02-28-2012 09:17 PM

good work man!

-- G Wrench-Coventry, New York

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#6 posted 02-28-2012 09:28 PM

Beautiful chair, and a good recovery – although you could have turned it into a kinetic commode!

-- Don, Somerset UK,

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#7 posted 02-28-2012 10:23 PM

If at first you don’t succeed,... inlay. :)) very nice chair and a great comeback.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#8 posted 02-28-2012 11:02 PM

Great work! I love that inlay, and it’s an appropriate selection—a maple leaf for a maple rocker.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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#9 posted 02-28-2012 11:22 PM

excellent work bro!!!!! im sure your mrs will love it once the baby comes :) my only question is….how does it rock? that must have been a much anticipated moment for ya sir

-- "...if america is any indication, i was born into one great big vacation...." RMB

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#10 posted 02-28-2012 11:37 PM

Thanks guys! cplant it rocks great! I put it all to together when it was blocked up and sat in it. so before I did all the shaping I knew it would rock well.

-- J Wrench Syracuse New York

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#11 posted 02-28-2012 11:45 PM

awsome j….good to here. hey thanx for sharing that video link…..what an inspiring man.

-- "...if america is any indication, i was born into one great big vacation...." RMB

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#12 posted 02-28-2012 11:51 PM

Amazing how fast and beautifully done he cuts out those arm on the band saw. That was awesome to see.

-- J Wrench Syracuse New York

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#13 posted 02-29-2012 12:15 AM

This is the most appropriate and elegant use of inlay that I’ve seen, thanks so much for sharing.

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#14 posted 02-29-2012 01:11 AM

You did a great job on this chair especially going at it without plans. Good save with the inlay.

-- Jeff,

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#15 posted 02-29-2012 01:14 AM

Cudos sir! I think Sam would approve. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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