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Maloof Style Walnut Rocker

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Project by Les Casteel posted 06-26-2012 02:23 AM 2313 views 3 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my 4th completed Maloof rocker this season. This one is made from scraps and is balanced with dark wood towards the backside, and the arms, front legs and parts of the seat are lighter walnut. The seat is coopered at my standard 4 degrees, and carved for a female owner. It is finished with 8 coats of polyurethane, and 1 coat of Minwax. Its new home will be Vail, Colorado.

-- Les, Arkansas, www.woodthatrocks.com





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Woodbridge

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#1 posted 06-26-2012 02:54 AM

You have produced another very nice rocker. You’ve turned “scraps” into something quite spectacular. I’m sure the new owner will love it.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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HalDougherty

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#2 posted 06-26-2012 03:19 AM

It’s much better than ‘very nice’! You’ve created a work of art. I cut some 2 1/2” red oak slabs today to build 4 or 5 rockers like this before I use some of my walnut, maple and cherry… I’m sure it’s going to take several practice chairs before I make one this nice.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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BenI

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#3 posted 06-26-2012 06:04 AM

Wow, that’s a great looking chair. Nicely done, thanks for posting.

-- Ben from IL

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SergeantSawDust

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#4 posted 06-26-2012 07:28 AM

Great craftsmanship! Looks pretty comfortable too.

-- Woodworking for the hobbyist woodworker. http://sergeantsawdust.com

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Les Casteel

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#5 posted 06-26-2012 11:34 AM

Thanks very much for the nice comments. Hal, I air dry all of my own walnut, cherry, and oak. I’ve made 3 rockers from oak. The only thing to remember is that oak just loves to split so watch the directions of your grain. Other than that, sculptured oak shows really nice grain. I finished one last fall that I didn’t post. I’ll post it and show you how nice oak really can look!

-- Les, Arkansas, www.woodthatrocks.com

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Dale

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#6 posted 06-26-2012 12:46 PM

Les that is one beautiful rocker and made from my favorite wood. I am also looking forward to seeing your oak rocker.

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

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michelletwo

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#7 posted 06-26-2012 01:59 PM

stunning..you are a remarkable craftsman. I am envious of your skill. It would look so good in my living room!!! :-)

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Les Casteel

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#8 posted 06-26-2012 03:05 PM

Oh! Michelle….I wish my woodturnings were half as good as yours! So, thanks very much for the kind words about the rocker. And, Dale, I’ll get on posting that oak rocker here pretty quick.

-- Les, Arkansas, www.woodthatrocks.com

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Canadian Woodworks

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#9 posted 06-26-2012 08:38 PM

Looking good!

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

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Les Casteel

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#10 posted 06-26-2012 10:45 PM

Thanks, Paul, that’s very nice coming from you.

-- Les, Arkansas, www.woodthatrocks.com

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gfadvm

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#11 posted 06-27-2012 01:53 AM

An absolutely beautiful rocker. Doesn’t look like scraps to me! This is the first time I’ve heard that there are male and female rocker seats. Interesting as I have noticed that males and females do have different seats. LOL

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

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Dusty56

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#12 posted 06-27-2012 03:55 AM

Spectacular chair design as well as the finish : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Les Casteel

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#13 posted 06-27-2012 10:30 AM

Yep, seats are different. I worked in ergonomic design for about 30 years designing seating, work stations and instrument clusters to name just a few. So, if you have a piece of furniture that will be used predominently by one person its good to go ahead and design for it.

Thanks Dusty56! I posted how I do the finish some time ago….but basically its a sealer, then 7 coats of thinned and oiled poly, then wax. Rub downs in between. It works pretty well on walnut.

-- Les, Arkansas, www.woodthatrocks.com

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Dusty56

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#14 posted 06-27-2012 02:49 PM

Thanks for the finishing details …talk about a mirror finish : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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Gary

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#15 posted 06-28-2012 01:18 PM

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