Sam Maloof inspired rocking chair #2: First try at the Maloof joint **Project on hold pending move**

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Blog entry by sandhill posted 10-14-2011 12:57 AM 4190 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Not having done this before it was a bit of a challenge to do I hope the joint is tight enough after the glue is in the joints and its clamped up. This is just the dry fit for now.

In the two photos below are the left and right front legs.

Today my 1/4” down cut spiral bit came so I will be routing the holes for the back slats then next week when my new band saw blade gets here I will cut the seat profile, sand and scoop the seat then comes the front legs.
One thing I realized is you cant make a mistake. for example there are glue ups, contouring and prep work just to get to the point where you have the whole chair ready to assemble so if you screw up a leg there is a chance you may have to start over if you cant reproduce the Maloof joint in the leg to fit the seat.

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#1 posted 10-16-2011 12:11 AM

I was at Woodworking in America 2 weeks ago and Charles Brock was there and did a 2 hour lecture on just this joint and how it is cut for his Maloof-style rocker. I looks difficult till you see it done step by step. It looks like you have a good start. I hope to build a rocker this winter. You might consider buying Charles’ DVD on building this rocker if you run into trouble.

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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#2 posted 10-16-2011 07:15 PM

Hi DocK, I have done a lot of research into the people that offer classes, DVD’s, Seminars and lectures. I bought 3 different sets from 3 different people and found that for many reasons of my own Hal Taylor has the best set of instructions for me to follow plus I like the designs he offers far above the rest. I am sure all the others are top notch but for me the biggest plus is with Hal’s most of the shaping is done before assembly the sanding and shaping is kept to a minimum. The joinery is done before you put to much time into the part so if you mess up you don’t loose a lot of time on that one part. There are three features most important to me. One: the back slats of Hal’s chair are a little flexible and fit the contour of the owners back. Two: the arm rest better fits the arm. and Three: he has had a few endorsements himself. See the link here. and Here
These are the reasons I went with Hal Taylors DVD’s They may or may not be the most comprehensive but they worked well for me so far.

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