Friend's Maloof style Rocker

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Project by bkap posted 05-13-2013 01:54 PM 1550 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a rocker I am finishing for the widow of a former seminar rocker student of mine. He started to build this rocker and got as far as the first picture. His choice of wood was Walnut, a good choice for a first rocker, and a style similar to one I have made in the past. He had most everything ready except the Runners. His widow gave me some of the Walnut lumber he was using so I could finish the necessary parts.

I have tried to leave the design my student put into the rocker with the exception of changing the Headrest a bit and of course making the Runners, using some of the wood he had left, as well as contouring some of the parts. I added some Ivory to the top of the back legs and Tiger Maple, Argentine Mesquite to the Runners. The Mesquite is on the bottom of the Runners because Mesquite is two and half times stronger than Oak and will take abuse of tile or wood floors much better than Walnut.

After I install the Runners I will post pictures.

So the family can invest some sweet equity they will finish sanding as well as rubbing several coats of Tung Oil and wax with a burnish finish.

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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#1 posted 05-13-2013 02:57 PM

Looks amazing great job.

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#2 posted 05-13-2013 02:57 PM

Very nice and great that you will be finishing it off for the family of your student… Look forward to seeing the completed rocker with runners etc. Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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#3 posted 05-13-2013 04:09 PM

It looks nice. When you finish it he’ll have a really nice rocker.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#4 posted 05-13-2013 05:14 PM

That’s why you are the “man!”

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 05-14-2013 12:43 AM

That unfinished rocker looked very sad. Good for you for completeing what I know was a big dream for your former student.

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

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