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Project by CalgaryBill posted 05-09-2008 05:29 AM 2230 views 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve just completed a project that I began working on in late January. It’s a rocker in the style of Sam Maloof built from templates and plans by Hal Taylor. It’s made of solid cherry with laminated back braces and rockers, and sculpted seat, arms, legs and joints. This is the most challenging project that I’ve done to date. It has some very precise joinery and required lots of work with the table saw, angle grinder, bandsaw, router and sanders.

Hal’s plans and instructions were excellent. The book of instructions that he has produced is almost 140 pages.

Now I’m ready to sit down and rock for a while.


-- Calgary Bill

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#1 posted 05-09-2008 05:31 AM

Very nice. Great job! I want to try to make one of those one of these days.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#2 posted 05-09-2008 05:43 AM

Bill, what a beautiful rocker! The joinery looks great and I love the cherry you used. You every reason to be very proud of this piece!

Thanks for posting.

-- Martin, Kansas

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#3 posted 05-09-2008 06:11 AM

Gorgeous rocking chair. You have earned a well deserved rest.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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#4 posted 05-09-2008 07:10 AM

Nice job Bill,

I’ve never built one, but everybody I know that has gone through the experience with Hal’s plans seems to have been very successful, and very complimentary about his excellent plans.

You should be very proud.

-- John, Chisel and Bit Custom Crafted Furniture,

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#5 posted 05-09-2008 08:52 AM

Thanks so much for sharing …..WOW a most beautiful Rocker …So what part of this project was the most challenge for you ???
Thanks again ..

-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#6 posted 05-09-2008 08:53 AM

Oh Yeah ….


-- Mike in Bonney Lake " If you are real real real good your whole life, You 'll be buried in a curly maple coffin when you die."

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#7 posted 05-09-2008 11:24 AM

This is a beautiful rocker. You did a wonderful job with this piece. And what is not to like about your wood selection!!! Cherry is my personal favorite.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#8 posted 05-09-2008 11:37 AM

a thing of beauty. I plan to make one this year

-- making sawdust....

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#9 posted 05-09-2008 11:58 AM

Excellent Work and one of my favorites on my to-do list in fact I just finished purchasing some curry maple to use for this purpose. Did you find anything in particular that was more difficult in taking on this project?
The Cherry sure looks great and will age to a beautiful patina. Sure to be an heirloom!
Have a Good One,

-- Smitty, Alabama,

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#10 posted 05-09-2008 12:13 PM

Excellent Job Bill!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#11 posted 05-09-2008 12:33 PM

A beautiful piece of craftsmanship.

Take it easy, & rock awhile.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#12 posted 05-09-2008 01:23 PM

Simply beautiful! Well, obviously not ‘simply’, I’m sure it was a lot of work and well worth the effort. It looks great!

-- I'm a wood magician... I can turn fine lumber into firewood before your very eyes! - Please visit and sign up for my project updates!

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#13 posted 05-09-2008 01:32 PM

Great job, well done.

-- JJohn

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#14 posted 05-09-2008 01:32 PM

Beautiful work. I want to try this someday, but I need to aquire a lot more skill. Great stuff and thanks for sharing.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#15 posted 05-09-2008 02:53 PM

Nice start to LJ! Fantastic work!
I always wondered about the Hal Taylor plans. Interesting to see someone use them.
That is the great thing about LJ, you can always find someone that has bought or tried something that you may be curious about.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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