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Forum topic by bkap posted 04-04-2014 11:38 PM 1682 views 1 time favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-04-2014 11:38 PM

Look fellow woodworkers let’s not make such a big thing out of this Maloof style rocker building process.

It is daunting to consider the 186 matting surfaces you need to make perfect for a professional outcome, but I can show you a very easy, almost juvenile, method for a perfect outcome. All these interfaces are perfect. If you follow my instructions you too can have a professional looking, as well as an heirloom, rocking chair with no sacrifice in integrity.

The unique aspect of the Maloof style rocker is the leg joints. In most any other chair it is the legs joints that loosen, squeak then fail. With the Maloof design the leg joint remain solid and sturdy for the life of the chair, no squeaking, creaking or looseness. It is this joint construction that Maloof perfected which is now so challenging to the average woodworker.

I am sorry to say that some woodworkers accentuate, beyond reason, this part of the Maloof rocker to intimidate others to buy their products.

The Maloof rocker is really an easy project to build. I have never had a student fail in making a, praise worthy, rocker, especially praised by their spouses. Look if you use some of the beautiful woods the Lord has designed how can you go wrong. Just go step by step as I show in my classes and you go home with an professional heirloom rocker.
If you use my text you can build a rocker, even with the FREE text, so don’t put it off any longer.

Bill Kappel the rocking chair guy.

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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#1 posted 04-05-2014 12:35 AM

Would def love to learn to make one, but being as new as i am, i still have to learn finger joints, dovetails, and basically everything without using a screw haha, one of these years though I’d love to learn to make something that nice.

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#2 posted 04-05-2014 12:54 AM


I concur. I particularly like your comment on ‘trying to intimidate’: as if the rocker is Maloof simply because you’ve used the leg joint he perfected. I also wonder if this joint, handsome as it is, isn’t an over-complication.

I have the Hal Taylor Rocker as my next build – and I am game. Thanks for making this level of craftsmanship available to the members.


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#3 posted 04-05-2014 04:00 PM

Joe, let me assure you if you are going to start learning finger joints, dovetails, and basic woodcraft you are ready to build a Maloof style rocker. Look the only thing missing from building one of these rockers is motivation. Maloof perfected the leg joints, but he also gave grace and style to the rocker. His style is a bit too delicate for me so I used his foundation and gave it my own flair. I have set in one of Sam Maloof’s rockers while chatting with him. Joe wouldn’t it be something if your first project is a Maloof style rocker? You can do it if you follow my recommendations.

MJCD, the Hal Taylor rocker is a nice item and you will do well to make one. I spent part of a week with HT to see what he had to offer. His rockers are nice, but lacking several refinements.

The Maloof leg joint is very complicated to get a perfect joint without the proper jigs. Even with these jigs it is still a task not suited for a naivest. If you use my variation the joints has the same strength, but is suited for even a naivest to make and will reduce your work time. I normally reserve this info for my students, but if one asks I have made it available to others.

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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