Maloof style rocker

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Project by tynewman posted 08-30-2019 02:57 PM 1270 views 4 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I finally finished my rocker. Something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. A Maloof style rocker. I didn’t buy any patters, just based it off internet pictures. I do have to give a shout out to Bill Kappel though for so willingly taking the time to chat with me on the phone. Im really happy with how it turned out. I was very intimidated to start it but it was less difficult than I thought, I just took time and patience. Let me know what you think.

-- Ty

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#1 posted 08-30-2019 03:10 PM

In my opinion, a sign of a beautiful piece of furniture (especially Maloof Style) is that you want to physically touch it when you see it.
This my friend has that characteristic.
Well done.

-- "Fine Woodworking" is the name given to a project that takes 3 times longer than normal to finish because you used hand tools instead of power tools. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 08-30-2019 03:44 PM

Beautiful Chair. Congratulations on a masterpiece.

-- “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 08-30-2019 05:29 PM

Congrats on a major accomplishment! Looks prefect!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 08-30-2019 06:04 PM

Huge applause. A first Maloof without blueprints, patterns, just winging it, phone call or not. Take a bow Sir.

A wonderful looking chair it is. Joints look airtight, and quite lovely to see. I agree with the touch comment above.

Thanks for posting. Congrats on a 3 to be.

-- Think safe, be safe

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#5 posted 08-30-2019 06:35 PM

Gorgeous execution of the Maloof-style rocker! Extra points for doing it without a plan. I’m conflicted on the wood type/s. Looks like maple and cherry, but I’m not sure.

-- 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 08-30-2019 06:45 PM

Beautiful! A Maloof rocker is in my top 5 list to do before I pass.

-- Hutch

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#7 posted 08-30-2019 06:45 PM

That’s drop dead gorgeous Ty. Well done!

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 08-30-2019 07:22 PM

Thanks everyone, I’m pretty proud of it. It is cherry with a poly-oil mix. The thing I was most unsure of was the size of the seat, which is the base and what you build off. Bill sent me some typed out instructions that gave a start. And a few helpful tips, like gluing the bottom of the spindles and then flipping it upside down after it was dry to glue the top. Saved a bunch of glue cleanup.

-- Ty

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#9 posted 08-30-2019 08:19 PM

What a gorgeous chair! Very nice work.

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#10 posted 08-30-2019 08:31 PM

I think it is awsome! See it build it, I like that too. Great piece.

-- Petey

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#11 posted 08-30-2019 10:06 PM

You did a great job and a excellent rocker. I built one a year ago after taking a class from Bill Kappel. It was a great experience with him. He has excellent videos on building a rocker

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#12 posted 08-31-2019 12:50 AM

Beautiful Rocker, great workmanship and finish. The Maloof style is my favorite style rockers.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#13 posted 08-31-2019 01:37 AM

Excellent job! Beautiful.

-- Don, Saginaw Mi

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#14 posted 08-31-2019 02:28 AM

That came out great. Nicely done. Too bad it doesn’t count if you cross something off my bucket list ;)

-- Galootish log blog,

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#15 posted 08-31-2019 10:25 AM

Bravo, for a very beautiful piece of heirloom!!! Yes it could be intimidating to start, but the end result gives you pride like nothing else. bravo once more.

-- andrek

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