Birdseye Maple Rocker Complete

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Project by rdwile posted 11-30-2012 11:30 PM 2284 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,

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

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

-- Custom furniture

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#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

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

Very nice Maloof inspiration. Nicely done! God bless.

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#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.

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#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.

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#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.

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

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

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



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

Beautiful craftsmanship, gorgeous chair.

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

beautiful use of that birds eye maple, great job

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#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.

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#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

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#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.

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#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.

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#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

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

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

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