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Forum topic by Jonwilliam posted 12-30-2018 04:59 AM 768 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-30-2018 04:59 AM

Topic tags/keywords: question milling maloof hal taylor rocking chair rocker

To anybody that has done a Maloof style rocker, what minimum thickness stock can you use? I have 8/4 stock that measures 1-15/16” at its thickest down to 1-7/8” at its thinnest. It does need some milling to get rid of some of the sawmill marks. I figured all done it will be down to 1-3/4”.

I have Hal Taylors plans and nowhere does it mention this other than the thickness of the boards is variable. I think it will work but I don’t want to get elbow deep with that expensive wood and find out its not going to work so well.

Any experience or insight? Thanks for any help!

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#1 posted 12-30-2018 05:47 AM

I would e-mail Hal directly.
I have those plans as well, and am making different version of Maloof chair, but I think the thickness you describe would not be an issue. one way to get a deeper seat curve with those boards, might be to Cooper the seat boards which is how the Maloof chair is (rather than a flat board.)

Key for thickness is the seat. Keep in mind that you are going to grind a large part of it away, so don’t get too focused on making a perfect smooth seat blank, just to turn around and sculpt away the seat. You only really need it to be flat and smooth around the perimeter

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#2 posted 01-14-2019 11:43 PM

Thanks I am just going to give it the ol college try. Ill post some more stuff on my build to help others

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#3 posted 01-15-2019 12:29 AM

i used charles brocks plans and he has two versions one for full 2” thick material and one for 1-3/4” i built mine using the 2”. as the good dr said dont worry too much about perfectly planed boards,your gonna grind away a whole lot of it.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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