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Project by Reddial posted 04-07-2013 12:28 AM 2222 views 12 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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'.





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jap

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#1 posted 04-07-2013 12:34 AM

great job

-- Joel

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Dale

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#2 posted 04-07-2013 12:40 AM

Beautiful rocker, very well done.

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

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SteveGaskins

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#3 posted 04-07-2013 12:52 AM

Exceptional build. I agree with you, Scott Morrison has great instruction. Thanks for posting.

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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gfadvm

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#4 posted 04-07-2013 01:04 AM

A beautiful rocker and the build pics were helpful to us “wannabees”.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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BigRedKnothead

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#5 posted 04-07-2013 02:38 AM

Freaking AWESOME! Thank you for sharing. On my bucket list.

-- Red -- “I'm a furniture maker, I'm a woodworker, and I think woodworker's a very good word, and I like the word, it's an honest word, and that is what I am, a woodworker." --Maloof

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JSB

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#6 posted 04-07-2013 02:52 AM

What a great project. I would love to build one. Good job.

-- Jay - http://www.jayscustomcreations.com or http://www.woodworkingwithsketchup.com

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Oldtool

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#7 posted 04-07-2013 03:05 AM

Beautiful piece of furniture. I like all the smooth curves and soft edges. Great build.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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mbs

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#8 posted 04-07-2013 03:37 AM

Thanks for sharing the building of your beautiful Chair.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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Kindlingmaker

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#9 posted 04-07-2013 04:12 AM

A master piece of a build and your photos are ann insperation to attempt! Beautiful rocker!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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cathyb

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#10 posted 04-07-2013 04:13 AM

Great looking chair. Congratulations on your fine workmanship.
Rock on…....

-- cathyb, Hawaii, www.cathyswoodworking.com

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hoss12992

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#11 posted 04-07-2013 06:26 AM

Great job. Love the skill and craftsmanship

-- The Old Rednek Workshop https://www.facebook.com/theoldrednekworkshoptn

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Antti

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#12 posted 04-07-2013 06:53 AM

Amazing work! I have been working on my 2 low back side chairs with Scott’s excellent instructions, and the other one is finished once I give one final rub. The other one still needs a day’s worth of sanding & the about 4 layers of finish. It has taken me 1,5 years. Your 3,5 weeks is very impressive, but looking at your other super cool projects it is obvious you have significantly more skills to begin with.

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jaykaypur

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#13 posted 04-07-2013 11:05 AM

Very nice work….really liked the progress pics you posted. This is a fine chair….great job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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ScottMorrison

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#14 posted 04-07-2013 01:20 PM

I couldn’t be more impressed. What a great looking rocker! I would be most proud to own this myself. You truly did an exceptional job. Thanks so much for sharing and I am very happy to hear that you enjoyed the project.

-- Scott Morrison, Montana, http://www.finewoodworker.com

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Woodbridge

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#15 posted 04-07-2013 01:42 PM

I built my first Maloof style rocker last year and I know how satisfying it is to complete a project like this. I like how you have sculpted and shaped it. Great looking rocker!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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