First Maloof style rocker

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Project by Paul posted 03-07-2012 10:23 PM 1917 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Started this thing ages about one year ago. then let it sit a while. Need the space and so I had to finish it. I have put two healthy coats of 3/3/3 tung oil- BLO and- satin varnish. Now before I put wax do I go over it with fine steel wool?
It’s been so cold at night in the garage. Last night it was a little tacky today almost all the tack is gone. I brought it out into the sun and let it air out some. It definitely helped being in the sun as most of the tackiness is gone.
This one is the Charles Brock video, book and plans. Took me about a million hours to build.
Thanks in advance

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#1 posted 03-07-2012 11:03 PM

This is very beautiful! Aren’t you glad you finished it?

-- Erwin, Jacksonville, FL

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#2 posted 03-07-2012 11:05 PM

Beautiful job. A rocker is on my list, so I am curious as to how confortable the chair is and is it balanced nicely. I was considering the Charles Neil video on building a rocking chair as I find his videos very infomative.



-- She asked me, "Who are you going to please with that?" I said, "Me."

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#3 posted 03-07-2012 11:28 PM

Wow that is beautiful

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#4 posted 03-07-2012 11:35 PM

Great job Paul the million hours really shows nice work.

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#5 posted 03-07-2012 11:58 PM

I found the video to be very helpful. I am sure I couldn’t have done it with just the book and the plans. At least for the first time around. I made some errors that I would be sure to catch on the next one which would make it even better and also make the process faster.
The chair is very balanced a little push when it’s empty and it rocks a long time. The suggested finished heights for the front to the floor is 16 inches and 11 on the rear. On the next one I would play with this. I think I would shorten the rear legs just a little to shift the weight back a tad. The chair sits nice and is soft on the front of the legs but it sits up right. I think I would like to be naturally leaning back some more. The difference between being able to sit in the chair or being able to fall asleep in the chair. Not a complaint just a preference.
It’s quite the looker though. I had some people take a look at it in the garage and they don’t want to leave. They want to touch it. If it had tires I’m sure they’d try to kick them.
I’m glad I finished and I can’t wait to make another batch, bring in a helper.

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#6 posted 03-08-2012 12:14 AM

In answer to your query; let that oil sit for a few more days before waxing. Definitively rub it a bit with some steel wool. The silky feel is worth the extra effort.

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#7 posted 03-08-2012 12:15 AM

Oh and that is one beautiful chair. Congratulations. Feel good….does it not?

-- Made in America, with American made tools....Shopsmith

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#8 posted 03-08-2012 01:20 AM

Beautiful chair! I just finished a maple one but I love the black walnut. I see you are from bergen county. I lived in wyckoff till I was 13. Thanks for sharing.

-- J Wrench Syracuse New York

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#9 posted 03-08-2012 01:59 AM

A beautiful chair! You should be very proud of this. A Maloof style rocker is on my list but I don’t think I have the requisite skills yet. Perhaps the video would give me the confidence. I have a bunch of walnut and Jatoba just waiting for me to work up the courage. I envy your skills.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#10 posted 03-08-2012 02:53 AM

some people are going to think i complain too much but dude something this nice should have at least all 6 photos so go get your camera and take the chair to a scenic location and take some descent photos. this is a piece to be proud of and you came up short and did the million hours no justice as you skimped out on the photos. I am giving the chair 5 ot of 5 stars but the presentation of the chair get 1 out of 5 stars now please take a hour to fix the disservice you did to your own work and make this page sing

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#11 posted 03-08-2012 03:42 AM


thedude50 is right. A chair this nice deserves more than 6 photos on the project page! I’m drying wood now to build one this Summer. Your chair is beautiful.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#12 posted 03-08-2012 04:28 AM

I will post more photos as soon as I get the wax on it.

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#13 posted 03-08-2012 04:50 AM

thats great news

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#14 posted 03-08-2012 05:27 AM

It looks great Paul.

It was a nice journey.

-- Abbas, Castro Valley, CA

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#15 posted 03-08-2012 02:09 PM

There you go bragging again, I have over a million hours on mine, and have not even started yet. Beautiful
chair, and with Dude and Hal I will be waiting for the rest of the pictures. Does that old woodburning stove
work? Nothing better than wood heat to warm up a workshop. Thank you for sharing your craftsmanship.

-- As ever, Gus-the 79 yr young apprentice carpenter

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