|Review by mbs||posted 03-16-2012 11:53 PM||4097 views||4 times favorited||9 comments|
I was surprised not to find a review of Hal Taylors instructional material. Every thread I’ve read about Hal compliments his work. I couldn’t copy a a picture of his DVD cover so I used a picture of my rocker.
As a first time rocking chair builder I put my ego aside and searched for plans to build the chiar. There are several builders who supply plans. I chose Hal’s because of the positive feedback given by others. I’m very happy I selected hal’s plans because I benefited from his learning curve and I learned a lot about safety and woodworking techniques.
Hal’s DVD’s are very detailed. There is approximately 12 hours of DVD’s and I think they are reasonably priced. He provides the reason and technique on each step of the project. Nothing was skipped.
His plans are an additional cost. There is more detail in the plans than on the DVD and the plans have been updated since the DVD was released. It has over 250 pages with a lot of pictures (147 MB).
I also used most of his recommended products like Tenryu table saw blades, Whiteside router bits, Abralon, Indasa sand paper and diamond bandsaw blades. I like all of them.
And did I mention he makes himself available to answer your questions? Heck, I can’t get my phone company to answer my questions. He is very down to earth and pleasant to talk with. I’d like to meet him some day.
I was definetly over my head on this project. If I hadn’t used Hal’s material I’m afraid my scrap bin would be full.
Hal’s website is a little difficult to navigate through. Here is a link to the DVD’s
-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.