Hal Taylor Rocker Build

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Project by rdwile posted 08-14-2012 04:14 PM 2027 views 10 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at the Hal Taylor version of the Maloof-inspired rocker. This is a petite size made from Cherry and walnut accents for my wife.

I found Hal’s plans and video to be extremely helpful to a novice in the Maloof style of construction, already starting numbers 2 & 3.

-- Richard D. Wile,

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#1 posted 08-14-2012 04:30 PM

Beautiful job!

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#2 posted 08-14-2012 04:51 PM

Beautiful rocker !

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#3 posted 08-14-2012 05:04 PM

Just Beautiful and your first to boot… Well Done

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#4 posted 08-14-2012 11:15 PM

beautiful rocker. The cherry looks great. l like how you have arranged the grain pattern for the seat and the headreats and the back slats.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 08-15-2012 12:16 AM

Nicely done! You did a great job for your first. I like the style of the chair.

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#6 posted 08-15-2012 12:20 AM

I marvel at the joinery in the maloof and taylor rockers. I swear im gonna make one of these some day. Your came out great, im dyin to see what your second time around will produce.

-- "there aren’t many hand tools as awe-inspiring as the #8 jointer. I mean, it just reeks of cast iron heft and hubris" - Smitty

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#7 posted 08-15-2012 12:52 AM

Congratulations Richard, excellant job.

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

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#8 posted 08-15-2012 01:21 AM

I can’t believe this is your first. It is perfect and the wood is beautiful. I am so envious of your skills. I have the wood but not the confidence to try this. You will have a hard time topping this one. If this doesn’t make Top3 , there is no justice! The laminated slats and rockers add a lot of class.

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

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#9 posted 08-15-2012 01:54 AM

very beautiful.. fine job.

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#10 posted 08-15-2012 03:21 AM

Never seen one in cherry, very nice final product. you must have used a case of sandpaper. Care to share your finish.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#11 posted 08-15-2012 10:28 AM

Thanks folks for the kind comments, to respond to a couple of questions:

gfadvm: watch Hal’s video start to finish and follow along in the book, with his guidance, i believe it can be done by anyone with average woodworking skills. I did that before I started and then re-watched the video section before a major step just before I performed it to avoid any confusion. I am happy to say no butchering of parts was done in the entire project.

DocK16: The secret to the look is not the finish, it is the surface prep, the finish is just natural colour Deft Danish Oil (4 coats), but the entire chair goes through 120,180, 220, 400 grit paper (using sander where possible) after shaping by rasps and sanding drum, after the grinding is done.

But the final step is using the 1000 grit Festool Platin disks (like Abralon) on the whole chair. Attached to the sander where possible and by hand elsewhere, this makes the rocker almost glow and has a sheen (not Charlie) that looks like it already has 1 or 2 coats of finish. This is the technique I use for prepping my guitars and makes it much easier to get the high sheen finish I am after.

-- Richard D. Wile,

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#12 posted 08-16-2012 12:09 AM

I need to get the book and video if I’m ever going to try to build one.

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

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#13 posted 08-16-2012 04:35 AM

excellent work. very tight joints and great selection of wood.

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#14 posted 08-16-2012 05:44 AM

Richard this is just awesome. Great selection of wood, nice flowing shape, and very tight joints. Well done!

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#15 posted 08-31-2012 01:49 PM

You’ve done a fabulous job on this. I was fortunate enough to meet his daughter a few weeks ago. They seem like good folk. If I ever build a rocker, it will be from Hal’s plans. His place is about 20min from me. I want to visit sometime.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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