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Forum topic by bues0022 posted 12-14-2010 09:57 PM 4219 views 0 times favorited 2 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-14-2010 09:57 PM

I”m starting the build of my Maloof rocker right after I finish with Christmas presents – which means likely right after Christmas :) Anyway, I have your basic shop tools for working on four-square projects, but are there any specific tools that I’ll need for the rocker? I don’t have the time currently to browse through my Hal Taylor and compile a list, so I was hoping someone here could give me the cliff-notes on the tools needed. Shaping bits? router bits? rasps/files? My family is asking for x-mas ideas, and I thought I might as well have them get me things I’m going to need!

-- Ryan -- Bristow, VA

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#1 posted 12-15-2010 01:24 AM

You shouldn’t need to browse mutch he includes a tool list.
Keys will be your Rabbeting bit that has a 1.5 inch diameter cutter and a 3/4 radius roundover which will make the mating surfaces in the leg joints.

Unlike maloor, Hal’s plans do not require these odd 3 or 5 degree rabbet bits for the back chair rails.

everything else is as you imagine, some gouges, an angle grinder with 60 grit disk for shaping the seat.
A boatload of clamps for the rockers and back brace laminations

Ny Rocking chairs also has a blog walking through what he did – - If I were you I would PM him and he can tell you of any ‘tricks’ he has used/changed that you might want to buy tools for.

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#2 posted 12-16-2010 07:10 PM

I don’t do Maloof-style stuff, but I’ve read his book and I’ve done a lot
of different work over the years.

The joinery of the Maloof stuff is not too complex, but there’s a lot of
shaping of parts after glue-up. I would get microplane rasps and if you can
find them, one of the old Nicolson pattern-makers rasps _ I just looked
them up and it looks like they are both easier to find these days and
cheaper than a few years back. The fine rasp, no. 50, gives a cut so
nice you can move to light scraping and a little sanding.

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