Project 3 - Maloof Inspired Rocker

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Project by Gruen posted 08-30-2020 03:23 PM 1181 views 1 time favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For my third major project I decided to go for gold … a Maloof inspired rocker. Even with the lockdown in my country due to COVID 19, it still took me almost 3 months to finish. I am very happy with the learnings, the experience and the result. I’ll be making a foot stool to compliment this rocker … as soon as my fingers stop aching:)

Legs and headrest are made from Yellow Narra (reclaimed wood as it is an endangered specie in my country), seat and armrest from Red Oak, backsplat from White Ash sandwiched between Surian, and the rockers are made from a piece of wood (I forgot the local specie) that I bought from a province I was passing thru.

Finishing is a 50-50 mixture of polyurethane and paint thinner… basically wipe-on poly.

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#1 posted 08-30-2020 03:56 PM

Beautiful chair and congratulations on finishing it. I built one and understand the difficulty.

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#2 posted 08-30-2020 04:07 PM

nice work she’s a beauty,i know all about the aching fingers and hands,and neck etc.i agree about the learning experience it pushed me out of my comfort zone so i highly recommend doing one.congrats a big bucket list project.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#3 posted 08-30-2020 06:17 PM

Beautiful chair! Congrats on completing such a challenging project.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 08-30-2020 07:23 PM

Looks great! This is a tough build too. I watched a documentary on Sam Maloof and the making of these chairs and the level of detail which goes into the making is big.

-- "It is the job of the woodworker to hide his mistakes and keep a tight set of lips about them!"--Chuck

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#5 posted 08-31-2020 01:06 AM

Impressive work. Nice job making the variety of woods all play nicely together. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#6 posted 08-31-2020 02:28 AM

Beautiful chair, Job well done!

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#7 posted 08-31-2020 02:35 AM

Well done.

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#8 posted 08-31-2020 10:39 AM

Bravo, very beautiful chair, another heirloom piece that somebody will cherrish.

-- andrek

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#9 posted 08-31-2020 11:24 AM

You do some very good work! Congrats on finishing that chair.

-- Petey

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#10 posted 08-31-2020 07:38 PM


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#11 posted 08-31-2020 10:39 PM

Beautiful, exceptionally beautiful.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#12 posted 08-31-2020 11:12 PM

Very nice!


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#13 posted 09-01-2020 06:56 PM

Unbelievably stunning.

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#14 posted 09-13-2020 01:35 PM

Finely crafted. Lovely piece.

-- "As are the things we make, so are we ourselves." - Lin Yutang

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