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Project by Les Casteel posted 663 days ago 1983 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 663 days ago

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 663 days ago

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 663 days ago

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

-- Ben from IL

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SawDustKing

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#4 posted 663 days ago

Great craftsmanship! Looks pretty comfortable too.

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

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Les Casteel

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#5 posted 662 days ago

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 662 days ago

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 662 days ago

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

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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Les Casteel

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#8 posted 662 days ago

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 662 days ago

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 662 days ago

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 662 days ago

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 662 days ago

Spectacular chair design as well as the finish : )

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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Les Casteel

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#13 posted 661 days ago

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 661 days ago

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

-- When you arrive at my front door, please knock softly but firmly. I like soft , firm, knockers : )

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Gary

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