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    Default Excellent step-by-step instructions for MAloof-style rockers

    This bloke makes fabulous rockers, and will send you a 66 page word document by return e - the most comprehensive i have yet seen (apart from Rocker's, that is).

    www.kappelusa.com

    Click on the left on 'rocking chair instructions' and include the 'code number' that is on the site
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    TK, I started mine 2 weeks ago. Finished the rebate dado joints for the front legs last night. Will finish the joints for the back legs tonight and post a new WIP thread.
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    Eeeeeeeexcellent dude! You the man! What timber have you chosen? Are you doing a prototype? How did you get a ticket of leave for this project, or have you allready filled the house with 'useful' furniture?

    WIP will be great to follow - you make all the mistakes first please!

    PS Bills notes would be really good for you - there's about 8 pages on the legs alone, and he really goes into the 'dynamics' of a rocker. Good 5hit!
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    Wongo,

    Are you laminating the backslats? Or are you carving them from solid wood, as Sam does?

    Will you glue the legs to the seat before glueing them to the rockers, or will you do both in the same glueing operation?

    Rocker

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    Heya Rocker

    I asked someone this question before - why not glue the dowels into the laminated blocks (unshaped), then glue these to the base of the legs, then glue to the laminated rockers? Anything wrong there?
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    Tassie,

    I don't think that solution is necessary; it also has the disadvantage that the joint would be weaker since the dowels would not be penetrating into the rockers themselves. It seems to me that, if the glue-up of the legs to the seat and the rockers to the legs is done in a single operation, there should be no problems; the legs could first be fitted to the dowels emerging from the rockers/rocker blocks, and then be fitted to the joints with the solid-wood seat. Obviously a slow-setting glue, such as Techniglue, would need to be used to give plenty of assembly time, since the back rail and backslats would have to be fitted at the same time.

    However, I still feel that solid-wood seated rockers are more suitable as a piece of artwork, rather than a useful piece of furniture; unless you use a cushion, which ruins the look of the chair, they are just not comfortable enough to relax in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocker View Post
    Wongo,

    Are you laminating the backslats? Or are you carving them from solid wood, as Sam does?

    Will you glue the legs to the seat before glueing them to the rockers, or will you do both in the same glueing operation?

    Rocker
    Rocker,

    I am carving the seat just like Sam. I will glue the legs to the seat first. The rockers will be attached to the chair at the very end.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rocker View Post
    However, I still feel that solid-wood seated rockers are more suitable as a piece of artwork, rather than a useful piece of furniture; unless you use a cushion, which ruins the look of the chair, they are just not comfortable enough to relax in.
    I have almost finished the book "The Furniture of Sam Maloof". In the book the author and many customers commented that “The rocking chair is the most comfortable chair they have ever sat on.” No sure if it is just a nice thing to say or it is true but hey they said it right?

    Comfort is a funny thing to judge on. Sometimes I find chairs with cushions rather uncomfortable. Then again our bums are all different.

    For Maloof, it is always comfort before looks. Maybe you need to sit on one first. My FIL has 3 Windsor chairs, (carved seat), and they are very comfortable to sit on.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wongo View Post
    Rocker,

    I am carving the seat just like Sam. I will glue the legs to the seat first. The rockers will be attached to the chair at the very end.
    Answer the question sirry irriot! He's asking 'bout the backslats. BTW I'm with you on the solid seat. Every piece one reads on the wood rocker raves about the comfort. I think it must be the combination of angle of seat at rest when sitting (20-30° off Hz), scooped section to give full support to the whole thigh - no point loads - and the attention to lumbar support with the shaped lumber (heh) backslats.

    I know that if a solid outdoor Jarra slat type chair does not have a curve built into the shape of the seat and the backrest they're tiring to sit in.

    You go, solid wood boy!
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    Hah - ya beat me to the post. 'Nuff said. BTW should we transfer this discussion over to the WIP thread? Maybe we should just watch!
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    Sorly, yeah I will carve the backslats too. All 7 of them. Still need to work out a way to make them.

    Here is one I prepared earlier.
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    For a wee minute there I thought you were a snake charmer, or had discovered the secret of levitation!
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    A bit off the topic.

    FYI, for more than 50 years Maloof was able to make a living out of furniture building. However, his talent wasn’t really rewarded financially until the early 80s. He was almost 70 years old.

    So leave the man alone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by TassieKiwi View Post
    For a wee minute there I thought you were a snake charmer, or had discovered the secret of levitation!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wongo View Post
    A bit off the topic.

    FYI, for more than 50 years Maloof was able to make a living out of furniture building. However, his talent wasn’t really rewarded financially until the early 80s. He was almost 70 years old.

    So leave the man alone.
    Yep - and still doing it, including public workshops, sharing his knowledge about unreservedly, and driving his beloved porsche - he wil lbe 91 in January. A chair that he would've sold for a few grand years ago went for $US150k recently. He thinks this is silly. He'll charge $US40k for a rocker in Zirconia (sp) though! $20K for walnut.

    Wongo - have you read his first book too? I like that one better.
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