Hal Taylor Instructional Rocking Chair DVD and Plans Rock!

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Review by mbs posted 03-16-2012 11:53 PM 9569 views 4 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I was surprised not to find a review of Hal Taylors instructional material. Every thread I’ve read about Hal compliments his work. I couldn’t copy a a picture of his DVD cover so I used a picture of my rocker.

As a first time rocking chair builder I put my ego aside and searched for plans to build the chiar. There are several builders who supply plans. I chose Hal’s because of the positive feedback given by others. I’m very happy I selected hal’s plans because I benefited from his learning curve and I learned a lot about safety and woodworking techniques.

Hal’s DVD’s are very detailed. There is approximately 12 hours of DVD’s and I think they are reasonably priced. He provides the reason and technique on each step of the project. Nothing was skipped.

His plans are an additional cost. There is more detail in the plans than on the DVD and the plans have been updated since the DVD was released. It has over 250 pages with a lot of pictures (147 MB).

I also used most of his recommended products like Tenryu table saw blades, Whiteside router bits, Abralon, Indasa sand paper and diamond bandsaw blades. I like all of them.

And did I mention he makes himself available to answer your questions? Heck, I can’t get my phone company to answer my questions. He is very down to earth and pleasant to talk with. I’d like to meet him some day.

I was definetly over my head on this project. If I hadn’t used Hal’s material I’m afraid my scrap bin would be full.

Hal’s website is a little difficult to navigate through. Here is a link to the DVD’s

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#1 posted 03-17-2012 01:52 AM

I’m with mbs. You won’t find better instructions on building one of these chairs.

-- Kevin, South Carolina

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#2 posted 03-17-2012 02:55 AM

Thanks for posting

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#3 posted 03-17-2012 10:57 AM

Agreed, nice review too.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#4 posted 03-17-2012 03:17 PM

Great review and website. Thinking I will order this soon! Nice post.

Congrats on your chair its beautiful!

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#5 posted 03-17-2012 09:17 PM

This is a project I’ve always wanted to do.When I find the time I will be ordering the DVDs for sure.Seems very reasonably priced.How long did your first chair take?

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#6 posted 03-17-2012 10:28 PM

My first chair took me 4 months of weekends.

-- Sorry the reply is so long. I didn't have time to write a short reply.

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#7 posted 03-23-2012 03:05 PM

Best investment I have made in Woodworking so far. Using Hal’s plans I have built 12 chairs ranging from child size to the large size.

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#8 posted 10-09-2012 09:03 PM

I completely agree with mbs. I consider myself a novice woodworker and Hal’s plans pared with the DVD have made the project of building a beautiful rocking chair much less intimidating.

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#9 posted 12-18-2013 05:24 PM

I went with Charles Brock’s plans only because that is the one I knew about at the time. Truth be known we should purchase both. The video is worth the price but still questions occur, perhaps both would answer the questions.

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#10 posted 07-23-2016 09:00 AM

Hals plans are literally 3000 times better than Charles Brock plans. Charles Brock plans are devoid of detail and instructions in comparison

-- Nothing worth doing is easy ! (or simple)

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