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Walnut Maloof Style Rocking Chair

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Project by mwilhelm posted 12-28-2018 04:17 PM 1276 views 4 times favorited 28 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I made this Maloof style rocking chair for my 3-year-old daughter to give to her this Christmas. They have 2 rocking chairs at her preschool that she loves, so she asked for a rocking chair for Christmas. I have made around 10 Maloof style rocking chairs in the past for my family. However, all of those were adult size rockers. It was a bit different making one for a 3-year-old. I made it a little big for her so she can grow for a few years and still be comfortable. It is hard to see the scale of this, but it is much smaller than a normal adult rocker. I LOVE walnut crotch figure. I used it in both arm rests and the headrest. There is a bit of curl and crotch figure in the seat. It has curly maple and purple heart accents. I made a (heart-shaped) purple heart inlay in the back of the headrest.





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#1 posted 12-28-2018 04:43 PM

Absolutely beautiful! That wood is amazing!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 12-28-2018 04:48 PM

Beautiful chair, beautiful wood. I’m certain many generations of her “grand” children will love it also.

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#3 posted 12-28-2018 05:28 PM

What an exceptional build which will be a family heirloom for sure. Your craftsmanship is outstanding. I have always wanted to a Sam Maloof rocker, so this build gives me that nudge again. Did you purchase plans? If so, where did you purchase them from?

-- Steve, South Carolina, http://www.finewoodworkingofsc.com

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#4 posted 12-28-2018 05:45 PM

Wonderful work! Currently above my pay grade but my wife gave me Spagnolo’s plans and vids for a stocking stuffer. I’ve got some crotch that’s just perfect for this. Gonna make a prototype out of pine first and take my time. Is that blue acrylic filler in the headrest? If so, nice accent!

Your chair looks fabulous!

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#5 posted 12-28-2018 05:52 PM

Gorgeous work! I love the purple heart inlaid heart—nice touch. Can you show a side-by-side picture of a standard rocker so we can see the scale of the child’s rocker?

-- People say I hammer like lightning. It's not that I'm fast -- it's that I never hit the same place twice!

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#6 posted 12-28-2018 06:15 PM

Well done and the walnut is great.

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#7 posted 12-28-2018 06:51 PM

beautiful rocker

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#8 posted 12-28-2018 08:08 PM

The chair is amazing. I am imagining a family of a gorgeous rockers.

-- derek / oregon

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#9 posted 12-28-2018 08:58 PM

gorgeous rocker,after having done my first not sure id do 9 more though,we’ll see.this is something your daughter will no doubt hand down to her own child some day,and her child on,definitely an heirloom piece.beautiful job.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#10 posted 12-28-2018 09:18 PM

That is beautiful wood and you did a great job of showing it in your design. Thanks for posting and happy new year!

-- Leafherder

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mwilhelm

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#11 posted 12-28-2018 09:32 PM



What an exceptional build which will be a family heirloom for sure. Your craftsmanship is outstanding. I have always wanted to a Sam Maloof rocker, so this build gives me that nudge again. Did you purchase plans? If so, where did you purchase them from?

- SteveGaskins

Steve, Thanks for the comment. Yes, I have used patterns and instructions by Bill Kappel. His website is http://www.kappelusa.com/ and his plans are extremely reasonably priced. I have made around 10 rockers in the past few years using these instructions with various alterations in style based on the look and feel I want. If you have ever wanted to build one, the one thing I would tell you is just give it a try. It is somewhat challenging but not impossible.

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#12 posted 12-28-2018 09:34 PM

I think you’ve got Sam’s style down to an art for sure. Gorgeous grain and great story. Thanks for sharing.

-- Scott, Irmo SC

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mwilhelm

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#13 posted 12-28-2018 09:40 PM

Don, I added a photo of my rocker next to the one I made for my daughter. Mine is on the larger side as it would be what Bill Kappel would consider to be the size of his “reader rocker”. It still comfortably fits an adult male though.

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mwilhelm

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#14 posted 12-28-2018 09:46 PM



Wonderful work! Currently above my pay grade but my wife gave me Spagnolo s plans and vids for a stocking stuffer. I ve got some crotch that s just perfect for this. Gonna make a prototype out of pine first and take my time. Is that blue acrylic filler in the headrest? If so, nice accent!

Your chair looks fabulous!

- Andybb

Thanks for the comments. Yes, there were a few knots and a small work hole that I filled with a blue 2-part resin. I have to say, most anyone who has done some woodworking can tackle this project, you just have to stick with it and don’t rush. It takes me about 80-100 hours to do a full size rocker and probably about 60-75 for this smaller one.

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#15 posted 12-28-2018 10:13 PM

Gorgeous Maloof style rocker, amazing wood, and very fine detail, great job!

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