Birdseye Maple Rocker Complete

  • Advertise with us
Project by rdwile posted 11-30-2012 11:30 PM 2713 views 4 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project is a very special one for me and today was a momentous day for me when I put the first coat of finish on it. This is a Christmas present for my Dad and uses wood we collected from the land around his childhood home.

We visited a small mill in the woods owned by a friend of my Dad’s and he had this wood tucked up in the rafters of the mill which had been there for a long (20+ years) time. He told me he had to have $2/bf and I could not pay him fast enough!!

This is my second rocker build using the Hal Taylor plans and went very smooth compared to the first one I built earlier this year. The challenge for me on this one was that birdseye is not a figure which is on all planes of the wood, only the face which made layout a bit of a challenge, I also did not really have enough wood to make a rocker so had to make a few compromises to make this special material work for me, it was touch and go but I made it work.

-- Richard D. Wile,

23 comments so far

View a1Jim's profile


117265 posts in 3747 days

#1 posted 11-30-2012 11:41 PM

This is a beautiful chair Richard ,you did an amazing job on this chair.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

View Woodbridge's profile


3579 posts in 2587 days

#2 posted 11-30-2012 11:47 PM

You have created a wonderful looking rocker. Its beautiful and I’m sure your Dad will love it.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

View thecarpentershands's profile


80 posts in 2367 days

#3 posted 11-30-2012 11:53 PM

Very nice Maloof inspiration. Nicely done! God bless.

View oakwood's profile


327 posts in 2239 days

#4 posted 12-01-2012 12:51 AM

Wow. I’m sure your dad will be more than pleased at Christmas. What a wonderful present. You did a marvelous job.

View Dale 's profile


415 posts in 3350 days

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

That is one fantastic rocker. I just finished my second Hal Taylor chair. What a great story, your Dad will love it.

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

View Sandra's profile


7207 posts in 2245 days

#6 posted 12-01-2012 02:41 AM

Wow, this is a timeless piece, and meaningful too.

-- No, I don't want to buy the pink hammer.

View Monte Pittman's profile

Monte Pittman

29938 posts in 2508 days

#7 posted 12-01-2012 04:51 AM

This is an incredible piece. Your father should be thrilled.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.



280 posts in 2173 days

#8 posted 12-01-2012 04:59 AM

Beautiful craftsmanship, gorgeous chair.

View doordude's profile


1085 posts in 3152 days

#9 posted 12-01-2012 06:44 AM

beautiful use of that birds eye maple, great job

View Snakeye's profile


33 posts in 2623 days

#10 posted 12-01-2012 08:21 AM

Awesome rocker… I have the plans enroute… hopefully I’ll be able to build a specimen as beautiful as yours.

View HalDougherty's profile


1820 posts in 3406 days

#11 posted 12-01-2012 10:05 AM

Fantastic looking chair. Both wood layout and craftsmanship!!! I love your chair and I’m sure your dad will too.

-- Hal, Tennessee

View Howie's profile


2656 posts in 3092 days

#12 posted 12-01-2012 12:32 PM

That is one fine looking piece of craftsmanship. Destined to be a family heirloom for many generations.

-- Life is good.

View DocK16's profile


1184 posts in 4256 days

#13 posted 12-01-2012 12:44 PM

very beautiful and special piece. No compromises I can see. Nice matching on the back of the head piece. I assume you used the same Abralon-type abrasive pads to finish the sanding before the final finish, it made the cherry rocker you made look great. Am right now finishing a rocker of walnut and hickory and will try your finish technique. Nice work.

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

View Ben's profile


273 posts in 3883 days

#14 posted 12-01-2012 02:46 PM

Great fit and finish on a great chair. Is it just the picture, or does the top rail on the back have the grain oriented vertically? If so, is there a reason for doing it that way as opposed to orienting it horizontally?

-- Do something nice for somebody

View krisrimes's profile


111 posts in 2704 days

#15 posted 12-01-2012 02:50 PM

Great chair and a great story to go along with it. Nice job.

showing 1 through 15 of 23 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics