LumberJocks

Which Maloof video and tutorial

  • Advertise with us

« back to Woodworking Skill Share forum

Forum topic by Paul posted 1299 days ago 4091 views 2 times favorited 19 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Paul's profile

Paul

213 posts in 2048 days


1299 days ago

It’s time to try my hand at the Maloof rocker.
For those of you who have used a video, plans, templates, tutorial…... which one did you use?
I think there may even be kits out there..

Thanks
Paul


19 replies so far

View Lee Barker's profile

Lee Barker

2163 posts in 1446 days


#1 posted 1299 days ago

I used Charles Brock’s stuff. I felt that he had the most reverential and respectful take on Sam’s work.

It doesn’t make it a tab A into Slot A project—you still have to use your noggin and figure some things out.

The patterns are full sized (paper).

I followed all his tool purchase recommendations and didn’t regret any of them.

The package includes a DVD, book, and the patterns.

I think it would have been a mistake to start with a kit because there was so much learning and satisfaction in the journey from pile o’ boards to component parts to subassemblies to, seemingly suddenly, a chair!

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

View a1Jim's profile

a1Jim

111999 posts in 2173 days


#2 posted 1299 days ago

I don’t know if it’s in your budget or not but Charles Neil is having a class on building a Maloof style chair. It;s taught by Randy Child who had help from Sam Maloof and even let Randy duplicate some of his patterns.Randy’s one of our members.

http://lumberjocks.com/projects/16042

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

View joeven's profile

joeven

5 posts in 1466 days


#3 posted 1299 days ago

Lee Where can you get the DVD, book, and the patterns for Charles Brock?

View Lee Barker's profile

Lee Barker

2163 posts in 1446 days


#4 posted 1298 days ago

Highland Woodworking, Paul.

Kindly,

Lee

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

View WoodLe's profile

WoodLe

151 posts in 1392 days


#5 posted 1298 days ago

Sam Maloof himself said that he wouldn’t advise someone to take a lot of schooling but to use that money and buy some lumber and tools and learn from your mistakes. I never built a Maloof rockler but plan to, when I get a chance. I have looked at lot of Maloof inspired rockers (pictures of rockers) and while there are a lot of nice ones, I personally think that Scott Morrison builds a rocker as close to a Maloof as I can tell. Scott sells plans and I heard a lot of good about them.

-- www.largewoodslabs.com Apple Creek, Ohio

View Lee Barker's profile

Lee Barker

2163 posts in 1446 days


#6 posted 1298 days ago

I have not seen Morrison’s plans or his DVDs.

While they may well be the closest to the Maloof, the simple fact that he trademarked his butterfly joint (which one could fairly argue is a derivative of Maloof’s leg-to-seat joint) suggests to me that there is a meaningful difference between him and Mr. Maloof, who freely shared every part of his design and process from the very beginning.

I am curious if this difference has entered the thinking of other LJs who ponder things spiritual.

-- "...in his brain, which is as dry as the remainder biscuit after a voyage, he hath strange places cramm'd with observation, the which he vents in mangled forms." --Shakespeare, "As You Like It"

View Canadian Woodworks's profile

Canadian Woodworks

602 posts in 1666 days


#7 posted 1298 days ago

Hello Paul,

I used plans, dvd and templates from Hal Taylor, you can see pictures of my completed rockers in my projects here or on my website.

Hal’s chair is a re-engineered version of sams rocker, it’s not better or worse just different in how his rocker is built. I’m a big fan of his construction techniques and in the amount of information he gives you.

His book which is a PDF is 270 pages full of info and great pictures

Hal Taylor - Rocking Chair U

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

View RBWoodworker's profile

RBWoodworker

416 posts in 1948 days


#8 posted 1297 days ago

Hi Paul..

Saw your inquiry of the maloof rocker request..i think its great..

When i.first saw Sam’s rocker.. It was pretty much.love at first site.. I knew i had to have one.. When i spoke with Sam and asked about purchasing one.. It was far more than my budget could ever possibly afford.. I spoke with Sam for quite sone time.and we.became friend.. This was around 20 years ago.. Sam tooj a liking to me I guess and allowed me to have a complete set copies of his templates and showed me how to make my own.. Its by far the most accurate Maloof rocker i have seen only because the guess work has been removed by Sams kindness..

I will be teaching what i have learned from Sam at Charles Neil’s workshop.. The class is very reasonably priced and materials are included as well as personal instructions of how and why Sam did things the way he did.. Check out my rocker on my projects and you can see for yourself how closely it resembles Sams..

Hope to hear from ya soon.. Randy

-- Randall Child http://www.racfurniture.com/

View Paul's profile

Paul

213 posts in 2048 days


#9 posted 1297 days ago

Randall,
I thought I read about the class but I can’t find the link to the class just the link to the chair you built.

View yellowtruck75's profile

yellowtruck75

404 posts in 1663 days


#10 posted 1297 days ago

I use the Hal Taylor plans and templates. Worth ever cent.

View RBWoodworker's profile

RBWoodworker

416 posts in 1948 days


#11 posted 1297 days ago

Hi Paul.. here is the link below that tells about the class Charles and I are doing..as you can see from all the responses above, there are many options to choose from..the rockers shown by the others are close and nice too..and while I’m not gonna put down other peoples hard work, I will just say this.. they made their rockers to look like Sams with subtle differences.. me..I wanted a dead ringer for one of Sam’s.. it’s what I fell in love with and it’s what I wanted for myself..I didn’t want close or kind of or pretty good….I wanted to own either one of Sam’s or a rocker that was exactly the same, so you have to ask yourself.. what is it that you really want, close.. or dead on? the class offered is going to use exact copies of templates that Sam gave me.. the techniques that I am going to show and teach are those that Sam showed me and even faster ways.. the end results are going to speak for themselves.. the advantage is going to be that Charles and I are going to both show you how to do it personally and not leave you guessing or wondering..and we both will be accessible and available when you need us later

http://intheworkshop.wordpress.com/2010/12/20/maybe-maloof-rocker-class/

-- Randall Child http://www.racfurniture.com/

View Canadian Woodworks's profile

Canadian Woodworks

602 posts in 1666 days


#12 posted 1297 days ago

First let me say, an no point in Hal’s instructions are you left guessing or wondering.

They are different chairs flat out, many differences and mostly not subtly ones.
Coopered Headrest, Coped arms, 2 board seat, flexible back braces ( bent lamination ), not turned front legs, use of 1/2’’ rabbit / 3/4’’ round over to make the maloof joint.

I’m just saying Hals chair is very far from trying to imitate Sam’s Chair.

With all that said, I also want to own or build an as close to possible replica of sams chair. RB your chair is definitely to most true to Sams chair as i’ve ever seen, and i’ve looked at a lot of rockers! Your chair is beautiful good job, i’ve looked at it many times on here.

Will you make the templates available, to other not attending this class? I’m stuck up here in cold Canada.

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables http://www.canadianwoodworks.com

View Paul's profile

Paul

213 posts in 2048 days


#13 posted 1296 days ago

and where are Hal Taylor plans and templates for sale? I see his site and see he sells his chairs but I don’t see his plans and templates. Would I have to call him or is there another online retailer?

View Todd A. Clippinger's profile

Todd A. Clippinger

8711 posts in 2695 days


#14 posted 1296 days ago

I know there are several out there. But when I look at the lines of the Maloof style rockers I favor Scott Morrison's version.

If you look closely at all the people building Maloof style rockers, they all have their own spin or interpretation added. Some of them have a bit of awkwardness to them but Scott’s design seems a bit more refined, well-proportioned, and balanced.

I have the plans and video from Scott Morrison and they are quite lengthy because they are thorough. I cannot outright say anything against the others because I do not own plans by any others to compare.

I can honestly say that if there is ever a question, contacting Scott will get you friendly help.

I did a review of Scott’s instructional rocker DVD here.

You can check out Scott Morrisons site here.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

View RBWoodworker's profile

RBWoodworker

416 posts in 1948 days


#15 posted 1296 days ago

Hi Paul from Acton..

Charles and I are discussing the making of a tutorial dvd for our far away friends who cannot attend.. I do not know how soon such a dvd will be available.. That would be up to Charles..

This was an idea that grew wings and took off..and we are still ironing out all the details.. But we are doing the class for sure.. In fact several of them are already filled now..

we will keep everyone interested posted of just whats happening

-- Randall Child http://www.racfurniture.com/

showing 1 through 15 of 19 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase