Seven Day Build Your Maloof Inspired Rocker Class

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Blog entry by Charles Brock posted 03-16-2010 01:35 PM 2091 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am a Woodworker, teacher and producer of the DVD,book and pattern bundle titled “Build A Maloof Inspired Rocker with Charles Brock.”. My website is My newest project is the second in the Build A Maloof Inspired Furniture Series titled Build A Maloof Inspired Low Back Dining Chair with Charles Brock.

Pictures of some of my student’s work are shown on my project post.

On January 12, 2010, five fine woodworkers who journeyed from across the United States arrived at Maloof Inspired Rocker School with me at Highland Woodworking in Atlanta. From there it was total immersion in bandsawing, joining, routing, rasping, drilling, bending, gluing and scraping walnut stock into the parts of their dream rockers. Students rotated through work stations while Charles and his assistant Mark McGowan gave whole group and individual instruction on each step of rocker construction.

Each day there were different tasks to accomplish. Highland Woodworking supplied the class with two bandsaws that were kept constantly busy shaping the seats, arms, headrests, legs and seven spindles. Each student spent lots of bench time carving the seven spindles into a matched set using rasps and spoke shaves. There was no logjam at the machines because there was always work to continue doing on the spindles. The rocker cold lamination glue form was busy three times every day with rocker sled glue-ups.

Three Festool RAS 115 rotary sanders were used with Festool dust extractors to enable three students at a time to sculpt the contours of their seats without choking on the dust. Students also used Festool Domino jointers to align and strengthen the coopered seat joints. Students took turns sawing the notches and dados in their seat to leg joints with a SawStop Table Saw. I said, “The SawStop technology allows safe table saw instruction in a class for the first time! Everybody should have this peace of mind!

The goals of the class were met and everyone went home with all their parts fitted and shaped and screwed together. It takes approximately 150 to 200 hours to build a rocker and each student completed the initial 70 hours. They shipped their rockers home “knocked down” ready to glue-up, shape, scrape, sand and finish in their own shops.

A dentist from Buffalo, NY said, “Charles and Mark made the experience more than fabulous. Their info and hospitality are winners. I have been to many dental technique courses – hands on – and taught at many. This was like the very best of them. I am very glad I took part in the course, and am recommending it to some of my woodworker friends.”

Visit the Seven Day Class Slideshow by Clicking Here.
I am offering another Build Your Maloof Inspired Rocker Class in August 2010. The class is limited to five students. Email me for more information. The teacher student ratio is 5 to 2 so each student can get full benefit of the instruction as they build their own dream rocker.

-- Charles Brock

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#1 posted 03-16-2010 02:52 PM

You ain’t the Charlie Brock I beat up in grade school are you? No hard feelings I hope? Great review of the school and the way to go to build a Maloof rocker, and I do before I die. Thanks for posting.

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#2 posted 03-16-2010 02:53 PM

Wow totally awesome, I would love to learn to build these.

-- Can't never could do anything, to try is to advance.

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