Maloof rocker - flexible back slats or rigid?

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Forum topic by bues0022 posted 11-24-2010 04:07 PM 2130 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-24-2010 04:07 PM

I’m in the planning stages of my first Maloof-style rocker. For those that are more experience or have sat in said chair, what are your thoughts on flexible back slats vs. rigid? I had thought that flexible might be more comfortable, but then I read last night that they don’t provide as much back support while rocking….because they flex.


-- Ryan -- Bristow, VA

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#1 posted 11-27-2010 04:28 AM

In Hals design by adjusting the thickness of the laminations from 2.2mm to 2.35mm, you can have a back brace that has lot’s of flex to an almost solid one.

Also the size of chair changes the length which also effects the amount of flex so you must keep this in consideration when cutting the laminations.

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#2 posted 02-10-2011 04:34 AM

I’m sure you already built your back braces, but I think they are ridget. I’m also building a maloof-style rocker. I have back problems and the lower back support is one og the things that attracted me to the chair. I know there are plans that have flexible back but I don’t think ole’ Maloof’s original chair had flexible back braces.
Jim—Tulsa, OK I hope your chair turnout nice.

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