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Project by DocK16 posted 10-11-2012 03:25 AM 1405 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I guess I’m obsessing over the Maloof rockers (my 3rd this year). I stumbled onto about 300 bd ft of black walnut and figured why not. Acutually this another gift for my wife’s cousin who lost all but their clothes on their back in a fire a few months ago. Each one has got a little nicer as I can foresee how the grain will come out after carving. I mixed a little sap wood into the seat arms and headrest to tie it all in and it worked out pretty good.

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

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#1 posted 10-11-2012 03:30 AM

Great looking rocker. I like the grain and colouring on the seat. You did a good job arranging the wood. I know what you mean about wanting to build more Maloof rockers. I built me first earlier this year and have more walnut and cherry for at least three more.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#2 posted 10-11-2012 03:32 AM

You did a beautiful job….. Very nice job on the mixing of the sap….

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#3 posted 10-11-2012 03:37 AM

Nice rocker !

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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Dan Pleska

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#4 posted 10-11-2012 04:51 AM

Great looking rocker, DocK. I haven’t been bitten by the Maloof bug yet, but it’s just a matter of time. Thanks for sharing.

-- Dan, West Virginia,

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#5 posted 10-11-2012 08:27 AM

Very, very beautiful

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 10-11-2012 10:32 AM

That is one fine looking chair! Great work.

-- Mike - Northern Upper Michigan

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#7 posted 10-11-2012 12:47 PM

Beautiful work! The sapwood looks great as an accent on your chair. Thanks for sharing! How many hours per chair did they take and are you building them quicker each time? I’ve cut several logs into 2 1/2” thick slabs to use for building rockers. I slabbed one red oak to make my first chairs. Waiting for wood to dry is like watching ice melt while you are sitting at the South Pole… At least it seems that way.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#8 posted 10-11-2012 12:49 PM

Excellent work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Douglas Bordner

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#9 posted 10-11-2012 01:05 PM

Beautiful rocker, and nothing beats the cause of helping out. Good ‘un, Doc.

-- "Bordnerizing" perfectly good lumber for over a decade.

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#10 posted 10-11-2012 08:31 PM

Gorgeous rocker. Really great work.
I am sure it will be appreciated and treasured.

-- The greatest risk is not taking one...

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#11 posted 10-12-2012 01:08 AM

Just amazing! I can’t look at it… It’s too much!

-- If you can dream it, I can do it!

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#12 posted 10-12-2012 01:15 AM

I never tire of seeing these. This one turned out WAY BETTER than “pretty good”. I consider building one of these to be a rite of passage. I haven’t gotten there yet.

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

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#13 posted 10-12-2012 01:53 AM

Awesome! You have built 3 and I am still figuring out how to find time for a first one. Looks great!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#14 posted 10-12-2012 02:41 AM

Hal Each chair I have made has taken less and less time but I think I’m reaching the point of diminishing returns there. Once you have cut your construction time by building the jigs, familiarizing yourself with the joinery and assembly process and getting all the shaping tools and techniques down there is still a minimum amount of time it takes to shape and sand to finished product which comprises about 75% of the work. When I build another I think I”m going to punch a clock and get an idea how many hours goes into one of these.

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

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