Walnut rocker Sam maloof inspired, designed by Hal Taylor and built by me!

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Project by Canadian Woodworks posted 04-22-2010 06:02 AM 5840 views 12 times favorited 31 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my second finished chair so I’ve learned a lot from the first one!

Jigs and Templates were all built already saved so much time, I did decide to make the swinging device to cut the head rest which works fantastic btw

2 weeks build time or 50 hours in total down from like 150 for the first one, i’m now on to my third and loving every minute of building these chairs.

I must say Sam Maloof designed an amazing style which Hal has really made his own especially on the build techniques ( coping the arms , flexiable back braces, coopered head rest, and the use of adder blocks )

The instruction he provides is top notch!

This one is sold and so is my next one so I have absolutely no complaints about anything right about now.

Oh one tip I do suggest is cutting the rocker and back brace lambs on the band saw as yield is almost doubled compared to ripping on the table saw, and much less dust safer also

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#1 posted 04-22-2010 06:12 AM

Very nice rocker. I have always been impressed with the joinery Sam Maloof created. Building one of his designs is always an impressive accomplishment…

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#2 posted 04-22-2010 06:43 AM

A wonderful rocker! The first time I saw rockers of this style I thought “I will never afford one like this”. The thought never crossed my mind I could build one. Seeing your (and other) posts have changed my mind – thank you.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 04-22-2010 06:49 AM

Nice build Paul. Looks like you’ve got the hang of it. Keep them coming.

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#5 posted 04-22-2010 09:13 AM

Absolutely…beautiful work!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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#6 posted 04-22-2010 12:32 PM

Outstanding work!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#7 posted 04-22-2010 12:48 PM

This design sure has everyone making these rockers. So good to see so much talent. The wood on this is begs one to “come sit-a-spell”

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#8 posted 04-22-2010 01:20 PM

Beautiful rocker!
I just finished a Maloof Lowback (Evans chair) myself, so I have a pretty good understanding what a project like this, both takes from you to build…and gives back to you when built.

You’ve got both the hands…and the heart.

-- It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it. Aristotle

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#9 posted 04-22-2010 02:46 PM

Best looking rocker I have ever see! WoW, Wow and Wow!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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#10 posted 04-22-2010 02:52 PM

This is great work-and only your second effort-I’d say you’re on to it! Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#11 posted 04-22-2010 02:57 PM

That rocker is beautiful, very well done. I’m about half way through my first one, also a Hal Taylor plan. Your work is inspiring, thanks.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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Canadian Woodworks

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#12 posted 04-22-2010 03:04 PM

Wow thanks everyone, my next one is being built out of lace wood I’m eagerly waiting for the finished chair

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#13 posted 04-22-2010 03:49 PM

beautiful job

-- Rob — I've cut it off twice and it's still too short!,

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#14 posted 04-22-2010 05:14 PM

Fantastic work !!! Thanks for posting.

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

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#15 posted 04-23-2010 01:07 AM

Great looking rocker! Very nicely done. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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