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Here's my oak Hal Taylor rocker with walnut accent. I'm sure there are plenty of these on the site so I won't bore you all with details of the build, unless asked :). A couple things I did differently are the screw plugs, which were not done in a contrasting wood, and the finish I chose. Hal likes using a danish oil finish, and suggests Deft…which is no longer available. I used two different finishes on this chair. Since the back braces are flexible I wanted a finish that would allow for that movement, so water based top coat it was (7 coats), then rubbed with finishing wax. The rest of the chair got two coats of System Three Clear Coat penetrating epoxy, sanded, then a coat of finishing wax which was rubbed to a silkly smooth satin sheen. I chose the epoxy to add a bit of strength to the chair since the leg/rocker joints are end grain glued to face grain held in place with a screw in each leg. This should result in a much stronger chair. It required a lot of taping, but I'm very pleased with how the finish turned out.

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One of these is definitely on my build bucket list. any idea how many hours you got into it?
 

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nice work that is a gorgeous rocker.im working on one myself using charles brocks plans,so far have just glued up the seat,taking my time on not to screw anything up.any tips or advise making one of these?
 

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Great job! I love these rockers. A ton of work went into that.
 

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This is a beautiful chair. Thanks for showing it. I made one last year with the help of Hal's book. I particularly like your arms, the way they are sculpted. Mine ended up very bulky.
 

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Looks comfy & very ergonomic
 

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Beautiful chair, love those Rockers. You did an excellent job on both the workmanship and finish.
 

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Very nice. Lots of detail that can be missed if one doesn't look close.
 

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One of these is definitely on my build bucket list. any idea how many hours you got into it?

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I wish I could give an estimate. Originally I was going to make two chairs at the same time (staggered) and planned to keep track of the hours I spent on the second one, but because of time constraints I had to switch to the first one. Work on the chair came to a standstill for a few weeks while I got my dust collection setup after getting my drum sander. The second one was going to be a gift for my sister who recently had her first child, after she wouldn't let me make her something easy like a crib. There are a LOT of jigs to make for these chairs and that ate up a fair bit of time too. I'd say this chair is more labor intensive than the Maloof rocker, and I've seen estimates of 250 hours for the Maloof.
 

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nice work that is a gorgeous rocker.im working on one myself using charles brocks plans,so far have just glued up the seat,taking my time on not to screw anything up.any tips or advise making one of these?

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The Brock rocker appears to be very similar to the Maloof, and I chose the Hal Taylor for the looks (bilateral symmetry) and because the flexible back braces intrigued me. I'm afraid I wouldn't be a whole lot of help since I see that on the Brock the back braces are rigid, and the headrest isn't coopered.
 

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Really like the proportions on this and those arms look sweet. Nice work!
 

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I wish to hear all the details about the build (the boring ones you mentioned lol). I would like to build something like this….the details give me direction.
 

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Excellent workmanship. Love it.
 

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That is a beautiful rocker. Very well done.

I know how much work went into it because I made a Sam Malof rocker about 20 years ago for a charity auction. The people that got it still love and use it everyday.
 

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Very nice Roman, having built one of these I can appreciate the effort put in to this.

@potts Hal say's it takes about 80 hours to make one, add the time to make jigs and not having made one, 200+ hours is not out if the question.
 

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that's what ive heard too tim.heck ive already spent about 8-10 hours just cutting and glueing up the seat and making the templates.and then the expence for tools you don't have to do it right,and easier!but its a labor of love!
 

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Very nice Roman, having built one of these I can appreciate the effort put in to this.

@potts Hal say s it takes about 80 hours to make one, add the time to make jigs and not having made one, 200+ hours is not out if the question.

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I could probably do one of these in 80ish hours now, but add in the wedges for the flexible back braces and that number would increase. Those hours also don't include time waiting for the glue. The rockers get glued for 24hrs, the back braces get glued for 24 hours, basically everything glued is clamped for 24 hours. If you don't count that time then sure, 80 hours sounds reasonable. 80 hours is the time actually working on the project. It doesn't factor in the time for the glue. 80 hours makes it seem like you can make one in two weeks. That's awfully ambitious.
 

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Beautiful work, def. on my bucket list!
 

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I'm sure the 80 does not include glue dry time. Having everything needed and working all day every day probably helps.

Quite a lot of variables add time too, sawing close to the line on all the curves for example equals less sanding… Something I learned early on.
 

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VERY nice build, I also used Hal's plans to make 3 of these rockers. They are a lot of work but well worth it.
 
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