Bill Kappel starting Maloof style rocking chair class #3: murkiness exposed about the Maloof rocker

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Blog entry by bkap posted 06-03-2019 02:51 PM 1578 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Some murkiness exposed about the construction of the Maloof style rocker by Bill Kappel Murkiness would be an operative word because a good deal of construction detail is not clearly stated or reviled about this style rocker. Even Sam Maloof did not give full details for some of the fowling; seat creation, leg joints, leg shaping, arm attachment, back-slat mounting, headrest and runners.
I have placed an where new information has been inserted.

I had an operation a short while back and during my recovery I took time to review over a dozen old videos plus some of mine own about building the Maloof style rocker. What unsettled me was the lack of crucial information regarding some production procedures. I have prepared this text and will have a coming video endeavoring to address these failings as I see them.

I have given “Free” text used by woodworker all over the world to make these rockers. I also have distributed my full Seminar text of over 70 pages and full size patterns as well as published construction videos detailing the Maloof style rocker. This new information, about 15 pages, will be inserted at the proper locations in my full seminar text with pictures as applicable at a sign and a published video covering the following details will be placed on my web site later.

I am going to toot my own horn for two reasons the first being no one else will and the second is you need to know a bit about this woodworker before you spend time with his reviewing views.

For over 60 years I have been making this style rocker and have never had one returned for any reason.
Efficiency and proficiently of fine tuned work is characterized by little or no extra, effort, sawdust, labor, time (which is money), they do not over load this equipment by extra and unnecessary usage.

We will spend our time talking about how proficient woodworkers build these rockers. The term (proficient) is use for two reasons the first is they are capable woodworkers and two they do it efficiently.

With this in mind let’s look at a few fundamentals about these rockers
1. You have chosen the species of wood desired
2. The wood is seasoned properly
3. You have cut the parts to size and shape.

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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#1 posted 06-03-2019 10:34 PM

Glad you are feeling better and will be interested in your new information and techniques.

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#2 posted 06-04-2019 10:16 PM

Good to hear from you again Bill,

Now as for not recognising your work I am going to dispell that belief straight away, and so, as a result of what I have seen, I am going to award you three toots, and no way connected in going astern I assure you.
1 .For your acceptional work in presenting the build instructions to members all over the world
1. For your Zero defects results in your work, and
1. For hearing your recovering health wise.
Huumm… now 3 seems a bit miserable for all that effort so how about a half a dozen or so ( not accounting for the incomming ones from other LJs tee hee! (I see redoak49 has sent at least one already)

Toot toot toot! all of about 1 sec duration

-- Regards Rob

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#3 posted 06-05-2019 10:54 PM

Hey Bill,

I downloaded all that material that you sent me (I paid even), but haven’t built a rocker yet.

I’ve also got Brock’s video/book/template set.


I’ve got a job and 5 young children.

So, whadaya think of using Lyptus for a rocker?

I bought 2 boards a full 2” x 9 1/4” x 14 feet. Should be enough for a rocker and a half at least.

They were $2.75/bf.

Then I can save my thick walnut for the 2nd chair.

Glad you are doing better. Looking forward to seeing the new info you’ve come up with.


-- I intended to be a woodworker, but turned into a tool and lumber collector.

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