Maloof Rocker - Padauk #4: Setting aside for now

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Blog entry by yellowtruck75 posted 09-02-2010 01:54 AM 1293 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 3: Seat carving Part 4 of Maloof Rocker - Padauk series Part 5: Getting started again (legs and seat complete) »

I have decided that I am going to put this project aside for a bit and concentrate on a different chair. After ruining my second set of back legs I need a bit of a break. The problem with Paduak is that it splinters like crazy. Love the grain lines but if you get one going in the wrong direction and hit that with a router – boom good bye piece. I am also going to put it aside until my new shop (could be a while) is completed because the red dust in my small shop is unbearable.

My next project will be another Hal Taylor Maloof but I am going to attempt the children’s verison (templates on the way). I think that I will use Cherry agian since I can get it for next to nothing.

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John Ormsby

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#1 posted 09-02-2010 02:03 AM

I always climb cut with a router when working difficult woods. This technique should only be done by someone who has a good understanding of what the dangers are of climb cutting. By “climb cut” I mean the router is moved in the reverse direction of normal cutting. This method will reduce or eliminate all chip out problems.

-- Oldworld, Fair Oaks, Ca

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#2 posted 09-02-2010 02:05 AM

I do believe that why you see most of these type rocker made with walnut or cherry, very easy to work with power tools and hand tools wise. Exotic are great looking woods but can be frustrating with all that grain movement. Some time taking a step back is all you need to get back on track…good luck and stick with it, I’m sure you’ll find a way…BC

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#3 posted 09-02-2010 03:32 AM

What about this tip… from a wood plane maker… when you deal with difficult wood, oil the wood first. this will minimize friction and tearout. Cooking oil will do … but careful with wife .. LOL. I normally do this when dealing with those similar paduak textured wood, NARRA and Philippine ebony (kamagong.)

-- Bert

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