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12-03-2018 02:14 AM

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So…I really love the look of Sam Maloof’s work. (well who doesn’t?) Since I’ve gotten better at using hand tools and enjoying the zen of that I figure I will not make it a goal but a process to complete. In other words I am not going to allow myself to become consumed by trying to finish it after a predetermined time. If it takes a year or even two to complete then so be it.

I saw work by member Pwilhelm who built a bassinet similar to one I built and said, “I gotta try that”.

I know that there are probably lots of tutorials on the technique but I was hoping a member might be able to point me in the right direction as far as mindset and actual tutorials. i.e. best wood for a Maloof beginner etc.

Thanks in advance.

-- Andy - Seattle USA


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#1 posted 12-03-2018 02:31 AM

Marc Spagnuolo (The Wood Whisperer) is doing a sale on the Sculpted Rocker right now (tonight’s the last night). Detailed video to walk you through from start to finish and links to Bellforest for the material if you don’t have it yet. The “plan” is expensive, but considering the details nature of the videos he and the other teachers do, it’s well worth it.
https://thewoodwhispererguild.com/

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#2 posted 12-03-2018 04:04 AM

If you really want to make a maloof rocker I suggest Walnut. It very stable if you get wood that’s nice and dry.
It’s important your parts hold their shape for the long haul.Its also very easy to grind file and sand.
Since it’s dark any small gaps will be harder to see unlike maple.
I really don’t like other so called woodworker making money off of Sams brilliant piece.
But I do feel it’s ok for one to challenge themselves for personal growth.
Good luck and maybe the grain be with you.:)

-- Aj

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#3 posted 12-03-2018 12:15 PM

Andybb:

Building an advanced rocker is a great journey – one that I strongly recommend. And, it is a process; not an event. The skills learned, the personal satisfaction, the end result are all world-class.

Several years ago, I chose to build a Hal Taylor rocker – to use his process, his build guide, and his website forum: these are excellent: along with much hard work on my part, Hal’s process was instrumental in getting me through the first several chairs; and, I use the learned skills and techniques in current work.

You Take Care.
MJCD

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#4 posted 12-03-2018 12:55 PM

Walnut is Sam’s prefered timber, otherwise talk to Pottzy

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 12-03-2018 12:59 PM

Did you see this project:
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/404561

-- "It's getting better..." - put this on my RIP stone!

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#6 posted 12-03-2018 02:51 PM

I would PM Pottzy and RedOak if I was to try one they both made very excellent chairs Pottsy seems to have a lot more pictures then redoak but redoak seems to have more info both excellent example’s take your time you will get it done :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#7 posted 12-03-2018 04:03 PM

How dry

% wise

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#8 posted 12-03-2018 04:46 PM


Walnut is Sam s prefered timber, otherwise talk to Pottzy

- robscastle


Are his helpers Ralph, Joanie and the Fonz?? :-)

Actually, thanks to Scott, we have plenty of locally grown and nicely figured walnut at our disposal and Scott’s new bandsaw mill to cut them, and I’m going to do soooo many nice things for him that he’ll donate them to the cause. ;-) There is real added satisfaction building stuff from local timber that I slabbed and milled myself.

So, a year for the slabs to dry??

This came from the same batch. Envisioning a bookmatched seat.

I am purposely trying to go against my ADHD / OCD personality to get this done. I’m usually the kind of guy who pays extra for expedited shipping so this is a form of therapy. Making plans a year out is just not my norm. Figure I can build a prototype out of pine in the meantime. That should also net me some templates.

Some great options for plans and classes in the replies. Thanks. Keep ‘em coming.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#9 posted 12-03-2018 06:03 PM



I really don’t like other so called woodworker making money off of Sams brilliant piece.
- Aj2

No chance of that with me. No intention of selling something that I work on for over a year. I’d wanna die and be buried in that chair.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#10 posted 12-03-2018 06:40 PM

That’s awesome looking Walnut Andy. I live just down the street from the Maloofs so I’m very opinionated I don’t know why.
I’m more of a Krenov fan myself.

-- Aj

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#11 posted 12-03-2018 06:50 PM



I’m more of a Krenov fan myself.
- Aj2

Cool. Never heard of Krenov until now. Just went to their site.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#12 posted 12-03-2018 07:40 PM

Heeeyyyy!!

-- Regards Rob

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#13 posted 12-03-2018 08:04 PM

seems like there used to be a list somewhere of all the tools “required” in building one of the Maloof rockers, but I can’t seem to find it now

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#14 posted 12-03-2018 08:21 PM


seems like there used to be a list somewhere of all the tools “required” in building one of the Maloof rockers, but I can t seem to find it now

- Notw


Spagnolo lists them here. This will be handmade with power tools. I have no intention of scooping and planing the whole thing by hand. I think I have 90% of them. But like I said I figure this is at least a year away.

-- Andy - Seattle USA

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#15 posted 12-04-2018 12:06 AM

Both Hal Taylor and Bill Kappel have posted great videos of the chair making process. They are very useful to understanding the process and picking which to use as a basis of building a chair.

The instruction manuals for building by both guys are not very expensive. I purchased both and studied them before building a rocker.

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