Sam Maloof inspired walnut rocking chair

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Project by yellowtruck75 posted 04-11-2012 11:59 PM 4132 views 4 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Sam Maloof inspired walnut rocking chair utilizing Hal Taylor’s plans and templates. First time mixing my own finish (tung oil, poly, boiled lin seed oil). Took ~ 8 weeks due to the fact that the first seat I built cracked due to the walnut not being dried completely. Chair is a Christmas gift from my aunt to my uncle.

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#1 posted 04-12-2012 12:16 AM


Great JOB!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#2 posted 04-12-2012 12:16 AM

Absolutely beautiul, well done. I also have Hal’s plans and am nearing completion of my first rocker.

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

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#3 posted 04-12-2012 12:26 AM

I never get tired of seeing this style rocker. Great job!!

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#4 posted 04-12-2012 12:33 AM


-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#5 posted 04-12-2012 12:58 AM

That is some beautiful walnut and you did an awesome job on this chair. I am very envious of your skill. I would REALLY like to build one of these if I ever reach that level of skill.

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

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#6 posted 04-12-2012 01:20 AM

what a real beauty, this will for sure be a handed down family heirloom…fantastic job

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#7 posted 04-12-2012 01:22 AM

You’ve done a beautiful job on this chair.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 04-12-2012 03:45 AM

You’ve got a great looking rocker there. Wood is outstanding and I love the style.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#9 posted 04-12-2012 01:18 PM

Very nice indeed, I’m just starting mine and finding the opportunity to buy lots of new tools. How do you compare working with walnut vs: the cherry one you made?

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#10 posted 04-12-2012 02:47 PM

I have 4 chairs out of Walnut and at least 6 out of cherry and they are very similar. I find that the dust is worse with the walnut but the grain patterns is nicer. This chair I had difficulties with the walnut not being completely dry but I blame that on the mill. I enjoy working with walnut more than cherry but cherry sells better in my area and I can get it for ~ $3 a board foot.

I have enough Walnut for at least 2 more rocking chairs but I might try a rocker cradle instead after a few house projects are completed (bed, bar stools, coffee table, & whatever else my wife finds that she wants).

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#11 posted 04-12-2012 09:55 PM

Wow, the figure on the back of the slats is awesome

I have this on my to do list in the future; been buying the tools i’ll need bit by bit, and i’ll eventually get to one.

-- Ev in Framingham, MA

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#12 posted 04-28-2012 01:37 AM

very nice work congratulations

-- jeanmarc manosque france

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