|Project by Reddial||posted 04-07-2013 12:28 AM||2548 views||12 times favorited||22 comments|
This was my first Sam Maloof inspired Rocking Chair. I have Scott Morrison (http://www.finewoodworker.com/) to thank for the super DVD instruction package. I couldn’t have asked for better tutoring.
First things first..spent the first day building the recommended jigs/fixtures and templates.
As you may know, this is more of a sculpturing project than your typical woodworking project. I used these tools extensively. Additionally, it produced a massive amount of wood chips, shaving and dust, much more than I could stand in my shop. I had to take the aggressive sculpting outside. And wear eye and ear protetion with a mask.
Below is the completed seat and legs glued up to produce the primary structure. All joinery is consistent with ‘Maloof’ including the 5 degree canter of the rear legs. Nearly everything was cut from true 1 ¾” stock.
Here are few in-process pictures.
The accent wood is cherry and ebony.
I applied 3 coats of Maloof Oil/Poly and 2 coats of Maloof Oil/wax. I am contemplating whether to apply a final coat of paste wax.
Elapsed time spent on this was about 3 ½ weeks (not full time). I hesitated doing this for a couple of years thinking it would be a real challenge. Once I got started I didn’t want to stop. In fact I’m planning to do it at least once more.
-- Darrel..."The biggest threat to 'good' is 'better'.