Maloof Style Curly Maple Rocker #2

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Project by mwilhelm posted 12-04-2014 03:47 AM 2841 views 7 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Maloof style rocker is the second of two rockers made from soft curly maple. This one is for my parents for Christmas and the other one in the background is for my wife’s parents. These pictures really don’t represent the amount of curl in this wood well. I would take more pictures but I don’t have them anymore to take more pictures. Although both chairs are very similar, there are certain details I like better in each chair. I have realized I really enjoy working with curly maple. Different curls just pop out at different times in the finishing process.

For this chair I removed some of the wood from the bottom/front of the seat to make it look a little more delicate while not decreasing the seat’s integrity. The accents in the runners is black walnut and the other accents are bastogne walnut. The finish on these chairs is amazingly smooth. My parents visited for Thanksgiving and couldn’t stop rubbing them because they loved the chairs and the finish so much.

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#1 posted 12-04-2014 05:23 AM

Stunning work. That patina that will come with age will give the wood even more personality.

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#2 posted 12-04-2014 02:28 PM

Stunning is what I thought as well. What do you think the purchase price for such a nice chair would be? I can’t imagine.

-- Every project is an opportunity to acquire new tools and any solution that requires buying a new tool is the correct one.

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#3 posted 12-04-2014 03:28 PM

Great job on the rocker. I can see the curl in your 3rd picture – outstanding.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#4 posted 12-04-2014 04:04 PM

Beautiful work and some beautiful wood.

You really did it justice. The laminated chair runners turned out really well. I like how they meet the legs and the domination of the curly maple on the rear of the runners.

Thanks for posting some pictures for us.

-- Brad, Texas,

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#5 posted 12-04-2014 05:31 PM

Great contours. Very nicely done.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#6 posted 12-04-2014 08:10 PM

WOW!!! something like this is on my bucketlist but i need to work up the courage first, You did such a great job

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#7 posted 12-04-2014 11:50 PM

Great job! I agree that picture #3 shows off the grain really well. The only problem I see with the photography is that there is not enough contrast between the wood chair and the wood floor – next time put a blanket on the floor and put the chair on the blanket. I always have trouble finding a good place to photograph my work.
I love the extra detail in the headrest – it really adds a personal touch. Thanks for posting.

-- Leafherder

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#8 posted 12-05-2014 01:05 AM

Amazing grain in that maple! You did it proud with your woodworking skills.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#9 posted 12-05-2014 02:45 AM

Thanks everyone for the nice comments. As I’m sure you all know, these things take a LOT of work, so it’s nice to see others appreciate the outcomes as well.

Scott, That’s a very good question. I have myself wondered what the value would be for one of these rockers. I know others can sell them for a considerable amount but since I am much younger with much less experience I would assume I could not command such a price.

leafherder, Thanks for the recommendations. I think having different lighting may also help.

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#10 posted 12-05-2014 05:20 AM

Very Nice! Love the lines and special contours!

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#11 posted 12-05-2014 06:30 AM

Very Nice Project and well done. Thanks for Posting.


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#12 posted 12-05-2014 07:17 AM

Realy beautiful rocker. I admire your craftmanship.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 01-09-2016 12:23 AM

Beautiful. I think you can sit at the elite table. I am 61 and may never attain your level.

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