|Forum topic by bues0022||posted 11-19-2010 05:32 AM||2711 views||0 times favorited||28 replies|
11-19-2010 05:32 AM
It’s been a rough and busy year for me with both mine and my wife’s graduate school. I’m finally done and ready to get back into the shop and make some things. My wife and I are talking about finally starting a family, and I want to make her a Maloof-inspired rocking chair. I’ll be purchasing the plans (I’m assuming). I’ve typically done mostly cabinet-type projects such as tables, free-standing cupboards and the like – so this project is going to stretch me considerably and also help me learn many more valuable skills. I know it’s not likely the best idea to be learning many different things on one project, but I’m rather detail-orientated and will test things on scrap wood as I go along to ensure I know what I’m actually doing!
In any case, I’d like some opinions/ideas on wood selection and design. My wife is from Wisconsin, so I’d like to use woods (mostly at least) that can be found up here. Furthermore, there is a guy I’ve found in Milwaukee that has a contract or agreement with local municipalities that when they take a tree down, they bring it to him to cut into lumber instead of sending it to the landfill. I’m not particularly “green” usually, but I really kinda like his idea on using good wood that would otherwise go to waste.
Most of all, I want this to be a head-turner. I want it to be absolutely unique. I’ve seen some gorgeous maple or walnut chairs, but most don’t seem to really pop out at me. I’ve thought about some contrasting woods such as black walnut/hard maple or black walnut/hickory. Her parents have a lot of maple trees on their property, and while I wouldn’t be using any of them, it would be fairly sentimental to use said wood. I’m also a huge fan of spalted maple, and thought the combination of spalted maple and walnut may look very rustic and unique. Another idea was to use hickory. We had a hickory tree fall on her parents land I when I cut it up for firewood (too messed up for lumber) it appears to be spalted. I don’t know how common this is, but I really do like to color of hickory. Even if it isn’t spalted my in-;aws kitchen has “low-grade” hickory cabinets, and my wife really likes the character the color bands and black stains is has. I’m not too afraid of the hardness of hickory, I just know it will require a bit more work.
That’s as far as my idea has gone at this point. Does anyone have ideas on how to plan where each wood would go? Anything that may help this scream unique? Do a layup of alternating light/dark then cut the backs slats from this? Solid headrest or light with dark stripes? opposite? matching seat also, but what “style”? Any other wood additions or combinations? If you were to make one, what would you do? I’ve looked at countless pictures, but I’d like to hear thoughts behind the images.
-- Ryan -- Maple Grove, MN