Sam Maloof style rocker

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03-20-2017 08:56 PM

Over the past forty-five years I have noticed a lot of discussion regarding the Sam Maloof style rocker regarding the back leg ‘cant’ or slant or degree of inward slope mounting to the seat. This ‘cant’ gives the rocker a unique profile and helps with the rocking motion.

Let me give you an easy way to achieve this ‘slant’ without expensive router bits, table saw or jigs. Customarily the ‘cant’ is about 5 degrees. You can make this degree change using a band saw by marking out two parallel lines representing the sides of the back leg. Make these lines two inches apart, 8/4, now mark off a starting point, for the top of the seat, and mark down two inches, which represents the thickness of the seat or 8/4. What you end up with is a two inch square representing the back leg edgewise. Use the right parallel line if you are making the ‘Left’ leg and the left parallel line for the ‘right’ leg. From the top of the this square on the right side measure down two inches and mark the bottom of the square in 1/6 inch for the left leg. Draw a line from the top of the right corner of this square to the point you marked the 1/6 inch in. You now have a 5 degree mark for the back legs. Do the same for the right leg on the left side of the square.

1/6 inch in at two inches is very close to 5 degrees.

Lay out your back legs with the front of the leg, where the leg mounts to the seat, flat and true. Set the leg on a flat surface and mark the ‘back’ of the leg with this 5 degree angle starting with the seat top and bottom locations marked on the leg.

Band-saw this 5 degree portion out of the leg. NOTE; the bottom of the leg will have a final dimension of about ¾ inches so while band-sawing you will have plenty of room to exit the leg on the inside.

If you are bit wobbly with band-sawing true up the surface with a file or small hand plane. Remember the majority of this surface will be removed to make the mounting surfaces for the seat.

If I knew how I would show a drawing on this LumbJacks page.

Be sure to get my ‘FREE’ text on building these rockers.

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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