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I've always wanted to build a maloof style rocking chair. I've never built a chair before though, so i decided to build this practice chair from scrap wood (i think it is mahogany). Instead of using screws in the Maloof joint, i used 1/4" dowels. I scooped the seat using Charles Neil's method on the table saw:
then I used bench chisels, spokeshave, block plane, card scrapers, and a random orbit sander to smooth out the seat. It is not quite as smooth as i would like, but good enough. I built this chair without a bandsaw (which i will get soon, hopefully). the legs were all tapered on the table saw and the curves on the jig saw. I have learned from this chair that a Maloof rocking chair isn't such a far fetched dream! The chair is very sturdy, even without any stretchers. I can tip the chair back on it's rear legs while seated in it, and it doesn't budge.

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Very beautiful. I need to work on chairs.
 

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Hey, that is a nice looking chair. Your joints look real good and you are right they are rock solid. Chairs take a lot of work but they are worth it. I also used the table saw method for my first sculpted seat but since have gone to just using the grinding. Once you make a few seats you really do get the hang of it. Go for the Maloof rocker build. I can tell you it is a great sense of satisfaction when you complete it!
 

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That is a beautiful chair. Now you have a JAP chair that everyone will want to copy!!

Nice job on it.
 

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Thanks for the compliments.

Peter, i do intend to get a grinder.
 

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Nice work.
 

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Nice chair. Maloofish? Is that new woodworking term you have coined? I can see that.
 

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Very nicely done and a fine looking chair.
 

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Very nice. I believe you will be able to make whatever you put your mind to. Can't wait to see your rockingchair.
 

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Very nice. I will be looking forward to the rocker build as well
 

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Nice built! That is seriously awesome piece of art you have created! Great job.
 

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Sweet.
I just love that joint. And you have done it justice.
I think the dowels look great.

(You deserve a bandsaw.)

Steve
 

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Nice chair. All you need is arm rests and the rockers and you have your rocking chair. Did you use plans?
 

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Great looking chair-especially for your first one! Great design, and I love mahogany!

Looking forward to your next one!
 

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Rod- I did not use a design. But i did look at many pictures of maloof low back chair and other chairs before i built this.
 

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That is one fine looking chair and a good start on the road to a maloof rocking chair .
I have admired Sam's work since I first saw his rocking chair in fine wood working and your chair is a great tribute to his work.
 
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