Maloof inspired Rocker #2

  • Advertise with us
Project by Reddial posted 07-30-2016 03:28 AM 2325 views 8 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my 2nd Maloof inspired Rocker. For both I was guided by DVDs from Scott Morrison ( My first rocker was walnut. this one is cherry. I’m happy with both. You can view my walnut rocker posted in my projects page.

This second one was somewhat easier since I already had all the recommended jigs, fixtures, and templates.

This is more of a sculpturing project than your typical woodworking project. I used these tools extensively. Additionally, it produced a massive amount of wood chips, shaving and dust, much more than I could stand in my shop. I had to take the aggressive sculpting outside. And wear eye and ear protection and mask.

Below is the completed seat and legs glued up to produce the primary structure. All joinery is consistent with ‘Maloof’ including the 5 degree canter of the rear legs. Nearly everything was cut from true 1 ¾” stock.

Here are some progress pictures;

Bent Lamination to create the rockers. I used the same form for both to assure they were identical.

The accent wood is walnut. I applied 4 coats of Maloof Oil/Poly and 2 coats of Maloof Oil/wax. I will apply a final coat of paste wax.
This is a great project. Go to Scott Morrison’s site ( to get the dvds. With Scott’s instruction, it’s easier than you might think. Good Luck.

-- Darrel..."The biggest threat to 'good' is 'better'.

16 comments so far

View BurlyBob's profile


8859 posts in 3350 days

#1 posted 07-30-2016 04:53 AM

That’s a beautiful rocker. You did a wonderful job. Sure to become a family heirloom.

View robscastle's profile


7878 posts in 3288 days

#2 posted 07-30-2016 09:32 AM

Some impressive work there Reddial

Way above my skills, I did make some llittle peoples chairs and it was very rewarding, along with the research into Sams Life style.

Maybe I should get a DVD and “have a go”
Lottsa clamps needed I see, it would cost me a fortune buying tools!!

BTW One of his rockers sold just recently for a small fortune

Among the items on offer was a walnut and ebony rocking chair, dated 1986, by renowned studio craftsman, Sam Maloof. The iconic piece was estimated to bring $30,000-50,000 and sold for $80,500, a new world auction record for a Maloof rocking chair.

-- Regards Rob

View Redoak49's profile


5246 posts in 3073 days

#3 posted 07-30-2016 11:25 AM

Very impressive and great pictures showing the process.

View firefighterontheside's profile


21408 posts in 2941 days

#4 posted 07-30-2016 12:42 PM

This is awesome Darrel…....and all the pictures are right side up. I’m in the midst of a Maloof inspired chair myself. I have watched most of Morrisons videos on YouTube and they are a great help. For a lot of my work though, I have just winged it. I know what you mean about the mess. I’ve done most of the grinding at the edge of my garage with mask on. I ground my finger pretty good twice in one day. I’ll always have those scars to remember this chair.

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

View gsimon's profile


1327 posts in 3197 days

#5 posted 07-30-2016 01:26 PM

wonderful looking chair
I’m still at the stage where I think it’s a magic trick ha ha

-- Greg Simon

View jaykaypur's profile


4017 posts in 3492 days

#6 posted 07-30-2016 04:13 PM

Beautiful job and photos of progress. That 5th pic really, to me, shows the quality of your finish. Excellent skills…..excellent!

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

View eddie's profile


8565 posts in 3698 days

#7 posted 07-30-2016 05:35 PM

awesome build and thanks for the links and pics ,

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

View SteveGaskins's profile


762 posts in 3671 days

#8 posted 07-30-2016 05:44 PM

Great job on the Maloof rocker. I have always been passionate about Sam’s furniture. He would have been proud, Darrel.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

View helluvawreck's profile


32122 posts in 3951 days

#9 posted 07-30-2016 05:45 PM

Wow! Darrel, you have done an outstanding job on this rocker. It’s absolutely beautiful and shows a lot of wonderful craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

View pottz's profile (online now)


16902 posts in 2069 days

#10 posted 07-30-2016 06:21 PM

big maloof fan you did that chair proud great job,gotta get on one myself.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

View RIBrian's profile


43 posts in 1901 days

#11 posted 07-30-2016 10:28 PM

Not a chair but a piece of art!

-- Puddy and paint make me what a carpenter I aint.

View DocK16's profile


1199 posts in 5171 days

#12 posted 07-31-2016 01:16 AM

Nicely done. Feel like I just entered the Twilight Zone though….....I just left the shop not an hour ago after putting on a second finish coat on my first cherry Maloof I sit down at the computer and yours is the first thing that pops up under LJs.

View Woodwrecker's profile


4240 posts in 4660 days

#13 posted 07-31-2016 01:41 AM

Beautiful work Darrel.
I don’t favorite many things, but this rocker deserves it.
Thank you for sharing your talent.


View QuestionableAbility's profile


12 posts in 2239 days

#14 posted 07-31-2016 03:49 AM

Nice. Maloof would be proud.

-- If you think you can or can't you are probably right

View NCTurner's profile


62 posts in 2241 days

#15 posted 07-31-2016 03:56 AM

very impressive!

-- One good turn deserves another!

showing 1 through 15 of 16 comments

Have your say...

You must be signed in to post the comments.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics