Test Maloof style Rocker

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Project by bkap posted 02-17-2015 04:31 PM 2136 views 4 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a Test Rocker using small pieces of scrap wood to save wood and test the strength of the rocker once built. So far so good. No viable cracks or weakening of the unit. We have been using it in our home for a month now. No adverse comments about the segments other than they like the arms. Which is the only thing noticed until I point out the other spliced parts.

The seat and Headrest are also made of multi-parts of leftover wood. No attempt was made to match the shade or grain of any of the parts.

I did not use dowels or tenons although I did cut parts on a slant or bias to minimize end grain gluing.

If I do make more like this one I will use dowels just to make sure the joints will hold for generations. This test rocker is just that a ‘test’ rocker so if it stays together I know there will be no worry about any similar units.

This rocker is made of Argentine Mesquite with all scrap wood leftover from other rockers I built. I have plenty of full size lumber, but I wanted to know just how far one could push the envelope in building such a rocker. So far I am well pleased with the results.

I will try to place pictures on my web site at as soon as possible. I did take more pictures than allowed on this post.

-- Rocking Chair Guy

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#1 posted 02-17-2015 11:18 PM

Nicely executed! I do like the grain of the Argentine Mesquite.

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#2 posted 02-18-2015 02:15 AM

Beautiful rocker, excellent craftsmanship, and the ultimate answer to the age old question: what to do with cutoffs?

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#3 posted 02-18-2015 04:19 PM

Pretty nice for a test! Seriously, looks great.

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