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Project by wrench posted 864 days ago 2246 views 11 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 http://youtu.be/IKIoezZUK6s 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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Philip

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#1 posted 864 days ago

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

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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HalDougherty

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#2 posted 864 days ago

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 http://www.first285.com

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Gene Howe

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#3 posted 864 days ago

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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Lee A. Jesberger

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#4 posted 864 days ago

Very nice woodworking. Great save with the inlay.

Lee

-- by Lee A. Jesberger http://www.prowoodworkingtips.com http://www.ezee-feed.com

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pipewrench

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#5 posted 864 days ago

good work man!

-- G Wrench-Coventry, New York

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Don Johnson

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#6 posted 864 days ago

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

-- Don, Somerset UK, http://www.donjohnson24.co.uk

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a1Jim

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#7 posted 864 days ago

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

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Brandon

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#8 posted 864 days ago

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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cplant

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#9 posted 864 days ago

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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wrench

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#10 posted 864 days ago

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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cplant

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#11 posted 864 days ago

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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wrench

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#12 posted 864 days ago

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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vakman

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#13 posted 864 days ago

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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jeffl

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#14 posted 864 days ago

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

-- Jeff,

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T. D. Reid

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#15 posted 864 days ago

Cudos sir! I think Sam would approve. Cheers

-- Head to the shop its calling you – Todd

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