Maloof Rocker Lacewood and Walnut

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Project by jonsprague0000 posted 06-28-2015 06:47 PM 2729 views 13 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For my latest challenge I decided to make a Maloof rocker. The rocker was a fun project for me and was a great excuse to purchase a bandsaw. The rocker turned out great. I followed Scott Morrison’s plans and they were very easy to follow. The most time consuming part of the project was the backslats. The biggest challenge was creating the runners. I ended up having to remove the initial runners and re-make them because the balance was off. The final product rocks perfectly.

Primary Wood – Walnut
Secondary Wood – Lacewood for the seat and backslats
Plugs – Ebony

The piece was finished with multiple coats of Arm-R-Seal Gloss and two final coats of Arm-R-Seal Satin.

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#1 posted 06-28-2015 07:30 PM

I love the lacewood walnut contrast. Great job!

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#2 posted 06-28-2015 08:12 PM

You did a beautiful job on this rocker. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 06-28-2015 09:05 PM

very nice piece off work you did a great job i really like it


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#4 posted 06-28-2015 09:27 PM

I love the accent line in the runners. Did you laminate and then bend it? Or did you cut 3curved pieces and then glue them up? Or something else?

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#5 posted 06-28-2015 09:36 PM

Thanks for the great comments. I cut around 9 pieces of 1/8 walnut strips and 1 strip of mahogany. Then glued them together on a form. I chose mahogany because it closely matched the lacewood color and as a accent I couldn’t tell the difference. Let me know if you have any other questions and I’ll answer them.

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#6 posted 06-28-2015 09:37 PM

Excellent work. Great choice of wood.

-- John Little, ToyMakers of East Lake

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#7 posted 06-28-2015 09:44 PM

Simply beautiful – great craftsmanship. I am jealous for sure.

-- Ron, Eugene, OR, "Curiosity is a terrible thing to waste."

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#8 posted 06-28-2015 10:03 PM

wonderful job – well done!

-- Greg Simon

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#9 posted 06-28-2015 10:03 PM

Extremely well done…I have always admired the chair and especially those who make them.

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#10 posted 06-28-2015 10:44 PM

You did a great job, she’s a beauty, congratulations , welcome to the select club of proud owners of Maloof rocker.
Keep on making saw dust , and thanks for showing us.

-- andrek

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#11 posted 06-28-2015 11:43 PM

You did a beautiful job on this rocker. Haven’t seen walnut/lacewood combo before but it works really well.

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

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#12 posted 06-28-2015 11:45 PM

beautiful piece

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#13 posted 06-29-2015 12:42 AM

I have to give CanadianWoodworks a shoutout. I got the idea for the wood combination from their works.

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#14 posted 06-29-2015 12:43 AM

Great looking chair. Did Scott’s plans include a side view of the chair arms for sculpting the arms?

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#15 posted 06-29-2015 01:55 AM

Steve – the plans come with a template and dvd. There is only a template for a Birdseye view of the arm, however, the dvd shows the arm from all angles. Scott explains exactly how to cut the curve in the arms. It is really easy to follow.

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