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This chair was made following the instructions of the wood whisperer. Made of mahogany and katakox for the plugs (Mexican ebony). I have two strips of maple and one of walnut in the rockers. Finished using danish oil and one coat of tried and true oil with beeswax. I waxed the whole chair with steel wool to finish.

I didn't use a lathe and barely used a bandsaw. The chair front leg was shaped by hand to ressemble a football. The underside hard line of the arm also transitions up into the rear leg. I had to laminate a 4/4 and 8/4 piece for the arm. Not ideal but it worked. I also had to laminate the head and decided to showcase this in the front rather than hide it in the back.

My band saw is underpowered so the only part where I could use it was for the front profile of the back slats. I used the jig saw for the arms by doing two cut and hoping the blade would meet in the middle (it did). For the head, the main curve (left to right) was made using a dado blade to remove some material. I then smoothed it using a hand plane. The bottom and top profiles were cut using the jigsaw. For the aloof joint, I didn't want to buy a set of router bits so I used the bit I had and decided to square the corner. It might not be as elegant as the round joint but I think it is an elegant solution nonetheless. I think this is the proof that with some creativity and patience, you can build almost everything.

I decided to have a different arm to leg joint than what Marc Spagnuolo showed. The hard line of the arm twists 90 degrees to join the hard line of the leg. Pretty tricky but interesting feature.

Overall, I estimate that it took me roughly 200 hours of work over a little more than a year. I had a few months without progress because of my day job but this is so worth it.

Comments and questions are welcomed!

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You should be very proud. That is a truly beautiful and awesome rocker. I wish I had the skills you have.
 

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A major accomplishment! Looks great.
 

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Excellent rocker !
 

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ive seen and sat in the real mcoy and you did an incredible job on this,just proves you dont need a lot of expensive tools to create an expensive work of art,i know sam would tell you great job and so do i.
 

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Very nice to look at, and you've done a great write up with very nice pics, but how does it sit?
 

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Always a great build
 

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After finishing my own recently, I can fully appreciate how nice yours is. I too figured I had several hundred hours in mine.
 

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Great job. Been down this road myself so you have my respect.
 

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What a masterful job. I'd say it was well worth the time and work. Congratulations.
 

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A great looking Maloof rocker! The mahogany looks great, and she looks pretty comfortable, too!
 

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There can never be too many of these in the world. Nice job.
 
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