Scott Morrison's "Simple Rocker"

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Project by Evans_Woodcrafts posted 03-07-2018 02:06 PM 1369 views 10 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a rocker I just completed using Scott Morrison’s plans. Scott, primarily known for his Maloof inspired rocker, also has plans for this guy. My goal is to eventually build a Maloof rocker but wanted to first gain some confidence by completing this. I will speak very highly of his plans and will eventually get around to posting a testimonial on his site.

Back to the rocker. I decided to go with Cherry with this build due to a great price I found on the 8/4 stock. Of course after buying I realized there was a little more sap wood than I could see with the naked eye. I purchased 55 bd. ft. and after cutting and planing around sap wood I have approximately 10 foot left. For finish I decided to go with the Maloof finish, both the poly/oil and the oil/wax. Following exactly as directed, the finish came out fantastic. The hardest part was sanding up to 400.

While constructing this project I completed many first, including power carving and bent lamination. It was a great project to test out my new 3hp 15” Jet bandsaw. Of course having my Festool RO125 made things a breeze too.

Thanks for viewing!

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woodshaver Tony C

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#1 posted 03-07-2018 04:59 PM

Very nice looking Rocker! I love the warm look of cherry! Great job on this project!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#2 posted 03-07-2018 06:09 PM

Excellent rocker, and nice progress picks. What is the joinery for the arms etc? Looks like a dark dowel? Thanks for sharing

-- Arizona Mo

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#3 posted 03-07-2018 06:40 PM

No rocker is simple, they are at the top end of craftsmanship

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#4 posted 03-07-2018 07:01 PM

Very nicely done, woodworking is not simple , making a chair puts you in a different class, bravo keep on the good work and thank you for sharing.

we have the same coach.

-- andrek

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Mainiac Matt

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#5 posted 03-07-2018 08:32 PM

Great looking rocker…

I’m happy to see there’s somebody else out there who doesn’t like mixing sap wood in with the heart wood. I never got how that became popular.

-- Matt -- I yam what I yam and that's all what I yam

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#6 posted 03-07-2018 09:28 PM

Very Nice Work & Well Done. Thanks For Posting!!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#7 posted 03-07-2018 10:12 PM

beautiful rocker.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 03-07-2018 10:18 PM

What an outstanding rocker. It displays a lot of wonderful details and fine craftsmanship.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 03-07-2018 10:18 PM

That’s a winner, looks great! A rocker is on my list at some point

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#10 posted 03-07-2018 11:35 PM

Congratulations on getting several “firsts” out of the way, and in the process making a chair that looks beautiful. Win win.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#11 posted 03-07-2018 11:56 PM

That’s a great looking rocker! Looks like you did some nice work on it, for your first time! Am interested to see your next one!

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

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#12 posted 03-08-2018 02:01 AM

Tremendous job, congratulations!

-- AJ

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#13 posted 03-08-2018 03:04 AM

Awesome project. We understand you built this in approximately two weeks, which is even more amazing. Congrats on your “Daily Top 3”!

-- They call me Mr. Silly

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#14 posted 03-08-2018 02:56 PM

Beautiful design and execution. Thanks for sharing!

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#15 posted 03-08-2018 04:16 PM

Your rocker looks skillfully build. Very pleasing to the eye, and I’ll bet just as comfortable. Your picture were great too.

-- CurleyJoe, "You only learn from your mistakes"

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