Finally Off My Bucket List

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Project by John Little posted 05-26-2015 12:04 AM 2289 views 8 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Been working on this Maloof inspired rocker for over a year and finally got it done. Used Charles Brock’s plans. Had to teach myself a lot of new skills to complete this one. This has been on my list of projects I wanted to do for years. Thanks for looking.

-- John Little, ToyMakers of East Lake

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#1 posted 05-26-2015 12:15 AM

John, Your rocker is absolutely breathtaking!!! Please tell me you don’t let anyone sit in that piece!!! It’s to beautiful to let some numbskull ruin!

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#2 posted 05-26-2015 12:16 AM

Awesome build! Tempted to build one myself. How would you rate the Charles Brock plans?

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#3 posted 05-26-2015 12:33 AM

Thanks for the comments. Charles Brock’s plans are excellent. They are full size which makes it simple to make the templates. He does a great job of explaining and demonstrating the joinery. His videos are good but I still did a lot of research to figure out how to do some of the techniques necessary for the sculpting. I also bought Hal Taylor’s book and learned a lot from it as well as videos from Andy Chidwick and others. The project stretched my skills to a whole new level and was very rewarding to do.

-- John Little, ToyMakers of East Lake

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#4 posted 05-26-2015 12:38 AM

Inspirational to put on my bucket list. Thanks for sharing.

-- Sawdust and shavings are therapeutic.... :)

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#5 posted 05-26-2015 11:03 AM

very nice work,, gorgeous wood also, bravo thanks for showing

-- andrek

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#6 posted 05-26-2015 01:51 PM

This beautiful project more than adequately exposes those skills that I lack; not the least of which is PATIENCE!
What a fantastic job!!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#7 posted 05-26-2015 02:31 PM

Absolutely beautiful. And I’m sure you learned a boatload of skills that will translate into future projects. I hope to be able to do something of this level someday.

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#8 posted 05-26-2015 03:45 PM

Wow, it turned out fabulous! I especially like your choice of wood for the headrail. This is on my bucket list too, but it still has a few projects ahead of it. Congradulations on yours.

-- Ben in Va

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#9 posted 05-26-2015 03:54 PM

Outstanding, John Little. I bet Sam would smile. Terrific use of the grain in the chair back.

-- --Dale Page

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#10 posted 05-26-2015 06:53 PM

One of these has been on my bucket list since I saw one here on Lumberjocks. Nice to see someone mark it off of their list. Great job and beautiful wood. Thanks for sharing and inspiring.

-- Leafherder

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#11 posted 05-26-2015 11:37 PM

I have those plans. Thanks for reminding me I gotta do that sometime!

Nice job!


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

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#12 posted 05-26-2015 11:41 PM


-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. - OldTools Archive -

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#13 posted 05-26-2015 11:55 PM

Great job even if it did take a year! It turned out beautifully and should last forever. Been on my bucket list as well.

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

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#14 posted 05-27-2015 12:03 AM

Beautiful Maloof chair! Now go sit in it and enjoy the fruits of your labor!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#15 posted 05-29-2015 12:44 AM

Some day I will sit in my own…for now I will admire yours. Beautiful.

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