New California Sculpted rocker

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Project by RBWoodworker posted 11-06-2012 05:45 PM 2457 views 10 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am currently working and making a new rocker that I absolutely fell in love with..I’m posting pictures of the build on my website..this rocker is very unique and different than the other rockers I make and quite’s nothing but hardlines..I recently taught a class to a former student of mine how to make this chair.. seat cushion is top grain leather.. more info on my website for anyone interested in seeing how she goes and I will be happy to answer any questions anyone may have..

thanks for looking..

-- Randall Child

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#1 posted 11-06-2012 06:19 PM

This chair looks wonderful Randy, another big notch on your belt for fine workmanship.

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#2 posted 11-06-2012 07:31 PM

Very nice!! I can see you laying back watching the the sun go down. More pics would be nice.

-- Andy Halewoodworker. You can't finish if you don't finish. So finish it, because finish is everything.

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#3 posted 11-06-2012 08:45 PM

That is really wonderful.

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#4 posted 11-06-2012 09:13 PM

It is a marvelous piece. Excellent.

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#5 posted 11-06-2012 09:16 PM

Great work. Love it!

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#6 posted 11-06-2012 09:34 PM

Great chair! I’m finishing up a rocker this week, so I understand all of the challenges to get it perfect. I love the long flair of the back legs. It’s really quite unique. Lucky you didn’t have to sculpt out the seat, which is always a bit tedious. The cushioned seat is excellent looking, but how did you attach it? Is it removable should the owner want to replace the cushion? I’ve been trying to get an upholsterer to make a seat like that for me for one of my benches and he always bulks at the idea, even though I know it can be done. I’m going to show him your chair and maybe he’ll think I’m not crazy after all! Back to the lines of the chair…very organic and relaxing just to the eye. I have no doubt that the ride is magnificent. I have so much respect for your craftsmanship and talent. Congratulations on an extremely fine piece of work!

-- cathyb, Hawaii,

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#7 posted 11-06-2012 11:02 PM

Nice! It’s hard to tell whether you sculpted it or grew it. :)

-- You can collect dust or you can make dust. I choose to make it.

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#8 posted 11-07-2012 12:53 AM

Randy, like all your work, absolutely incredible! I always look forward to your posts. I can surely say, since I’ve been following your work and website over the last few years, and since I have an interest in making chairs, taking a Maloof style rocker class with you would be a dream come true….maybe one day.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#9 posted 11-07-2012 01:06 AM

Beautifully done! I’d love to test this one out!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#10 posted 11-07-2012 01:35 AM

That is a beautiful rocker that would make Maloof jealous! I wish I could make one like that, but i’m no carpenter- just a carver. Very nice work, Randy!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#11 posted 11-07-2012 05:21 AM

Oh yeah nice design.

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

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#12 posted 11-07-2012 03:29 PM

Randy that is “kick A**” , doing classes on this one as well ??? , maybe we will need you to fly back here to Va and do a class on this one, love it

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#13 posted 11-07-2012 03:42 PM

Thanks everyone..I really appreciate all the kind comments..this chair was a lot of fun to make, but yet extremely challenging even though you can’t tell by looking at it..almost all the joints are some sort of compound miter and there are hardlines that needed to be shaped throughout the chair, but the end results speak for itself and it’s very exciting to watch it all come’s very different, yet elegant at the same time. The seat is top grain leather with a very soft, buttery feel

Charles..yes..I would be open to doing a class out at your shop again for anyone who’s interested in learning how to make one.. but this chair is for the more experienced woodworker

-- Randall Child

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#14 posted 11-19-2012 12:31 AM

AS with all Sam’s designs I continue to be amazed. But I do have a question as to the rear leg joinery. Since the leg does not extend below the seat There doesn’t appear to be any joinery attaching the rear upright to the seat/rear leg other than the screws usually used with the rocker. If this is true does it not put alot of stress on the arms when the person leans back in the chair.

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

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#15 posted 11-19-2012 05:26 PM

DocK16.. no.. the back leg is attached to the seat leg via two 1/2” dowels.. it’s more than enough to reinforce the leg from the stress of sitting in the chair..

-- Randall Child

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