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Project by Mike Chapman posted 03-26-2010 01:46 AM 2857 views 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first attempt at making a chair. Its made of black walnut. I consider a chair among the most difficult of woodworking projects. It was so much fun, I began a second rocker. This one will be out of Cherry. Check out my website and look under the “Work-In-Progress” navigation button to see it being built.


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#1 posted 03-26-2010 01:53 AM

It’s so amazingly beautiful!
I hope that I in 20 years or so will build a beauty like that.
Thank you for sharing this.

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#2 posted 03-26-2010 02:07 AM

Wow very nice work.

-- Experience is the name everyone gives to their mistake-- ( Oscar Wilde) Chris, Illinois

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#3 posted 03-26-2010 02:11 AM

That is really beautiful piece of very fine chair by most talented craftsman.
I’m sure Sam M is very proud of you.

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#4 posted 03-26-2010 02:19 AM

Wow, can you make me one? That is one gorgeous rocker, but it might keep me out of the shop too much, though …


-- patience is a virtue ... in woodworking, cooking, and life in general

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#5 posted 03-26-2010 02:54 AM

Excellent job Mike !!!

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#6 posted 03-26-2010 03:00 AM

Looks comfy

-- Roscoe in Iowa

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#7 posted 03-26-2010 03:38 AM

Beautiful chair Mike. I’ve been thinking about trying one for some time now. How difficult is it? Where did you buy the plans for making yours?

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#8 posted 03-26-2010 04:52 AM

Good looking chair, but I really like your shop. I would do alot to get one just like it.

-- Bill Merritt -Augusta Ga. woodworker

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#9 posted 03-26-2010 05:33 AM

Nice! Make that two orders, walnut please.

-- Style is simple, but not my execution of it.

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#10 posted 03-26-2010 05:47 AM

Very elegant design. It looks great.

-- Leroy

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#11 posted 03-26-2010 01:29 PM

Hi Mike. I make/have made zillions of chairs. Mostly shaker & windsor. I have been considering making a chair like yours for awhile. Did you use the info from Highland Hardware? The Brock package? If so, how did you find it? Enough info or were you stymied as to some of the steps, or concepts.? This is a gorgeous chair & you should be proud as punch.

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#12 posted 03-26-2010 02:45 PM

Great looking chair and accomplishment Mike, a real beauty. Thanks for sharing and rock on….BC

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#13 posted 03-26-2010 02:49 PM

The Walnut rocker was of course designed by Sam Maloof. Building it required that I use just about every power tool in my shop. Then the work began. Fully 2/3 of the effort is with hand tools. First shaping then sanding.

To get going, I used Charles Brock’s rocker instructions purchased from Highland Hardware. It’s great. You will still need a fair amount of woodworking experience in addition.

Next you will need access to kiln dried or fully seasoned hardwood. Both 8/4 (2”) and 10/4 (2 1/2”) when planed.

It’s really a great project. Give it a try.


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#14 posted 03-26-2010 03:17 PM

exceptional work. I hope some day I can have the thyme and patcience and tools to build a piece as fine as that. very insperationa! Thank you, michael

-- wooley

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#15 posted 03-26-2010 04:34 PM

My impish child side wants to take that thing for a ride down a snowy hill. It would be a disaster… but that’s why they call it a ‘fantasy’.

-- Lisa Chan, custom cafts and yarn accessories,

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