Child rocker Maloof style

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Project by DaytonB posted 05-08-2008 06:02 PM 3109 views 4 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a 3/4 rocker for our daughter. Walnut with Ebony accents. She loves it, its amazing how much kids like things their size, I brought it in a couple times while I was working on it and she immediately ran over and tried to climb up into it. It’s pretty awesome when someone goes crazy over something you have built. Let me know if you have any questions or need any tips. This one’s for sale (actually would be one just like it). If you’re interested let me know.

take care


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#1 posted 05-08-2008 06:12 PM

Very cool chair. I want to build one of those one of these days.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 05-08-2008 06:17 PM

Wow! It was kind of funny looking through your pictures – when looking at the first two pics I wasn’t thinking about the scale of the chair. Then when the third pic pops up it’s a bit of a shock seeing it in size relation to your lovely daughter.

Great job, it’s a beautiful chair,

-- Alberta, Canada

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#3 posted 05-08-2008 06:46 PM

Yes that is a Maloof chair, you did a fine reproduction. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Scott Bryan

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#4 posted 05-08-2008 10:27 PM


You built a beautiful rocker. And it looks like you have a satisfied client already.

This is a really nice post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#5 posted 05-09-2008 04:36 AM

fantastic looking chair, makes me wish I had either money or skill!
as much as your daughter loves the chair now, I bet she’ll love it even more when her son/daughter gets to use it!
amazing work.

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#6 posted 05-09-2008 04:59 AM

Great job! I love this style/joinery. Thanks for posting it.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#7 posted 05-09-2008 05:46 AM

Did you make your own plans? If not can you tell where you got them. Beautiful chair and grandchild.

-- Al Holstein "I wood do it"

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Les Hastings

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#8 posted 05-09-2008 12:09 PM

Another excellent rocker Dayton! Looks like your grand daughter thinks so to.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#9 posted 05-09-2008 02:46 PM

Thanks guys, AL the plans/templates are mine, I got the basic dimensions from several different Maloof books as-well-as his video. I then attempted to shrink them all by .75 but I don’t think I got the proportions quite right, it’s trickier than I thought. Anyway if you would like I can send you my basic measurements, but about 80% of it comes down to eye. I usually make all the legs and arms big so I have lots of room to whittle away areas that don’t look right.

Oh yeah, she’s not my Granddaughter, she’s our first Child, I’m 31, not quite ready for Grandkids yet : )

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#10 posted 06-03-2008 06:33 PM

I love these types of chairs!! Did you have to buy the plans or did you just learn from trial and error? You should pst a blog and show everyone how you do it :).. Great work!!!


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#11 posted 06-03-2008 06:53 PM

thanks mike
The only plans that I know of are Hale Taylor’s and Mark Adams’ but I don’t like either very much. I worked out the templates on my own with some basic measurements from Sam’s video and magazine articles. I will try to photo document my progress next time so I can post a blog.


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#12 posted 06-03-2008 10:34 PM

Thats cool, i’ll have to check and see if i can find Sams video and books.. I thought about buying Hals plans at one time, but… :)
Good work though, all your chairs are amazing!!

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Canadian Woodworks

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#13 posted 01-29-2011 03:41 AM

You did a beauty job on this chair!

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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