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    Default WIP - Maloof inspired rocker

    I have always wanted to build a Maloof inspired rocker. I think I first saw Sam Maloof's rocker about 6 years ago when I first got into woodworking and I was totally blown away by the curves and the fine details that was involved.


    After finding out that my wife and I were expecting our first child in January I knew I had to build one. It will be the perfect chair to sit on with my new born. After lots of research I decided to use a "traditional rocker" wood - American Walnut. I got it from Matthew's timber and I waited for their shipment to arrive to get first choice. I ended up with 4 lengths of between 190 and 270mm wide by 50mm thick and 3 metres long.


    The plans that I am using are from Charles Brock. He's a US based woodworker who sells plans and templates on how to make a maloof inspired rocker.

    I took this picture today after already cutting the pieces for the seat. It's very nice wood and I am really happy with my choice.

    I have attached a photo of one of Sam Maloof and Charles Brock rockers.
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    First up is the seat. I spent quite a while figuring out the best grain pattern but I decided on this.

    Pic 1 - the seat boards that I decided with.
    Pic 2 - I used my bandsaw to "pre sculpt" the seat. I will used my angle grinder with sanding discs to create the curve of the seat later but by doing this now it makes it much easier.
    Pic 3 - I used my jointer to create 3 degree bevels in some of the boards to help create the curve of the seat.
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    Good luck with the build, I hope you post progress updates.
    Sure looks like a lot of wood for a chair!

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    Will be watching with keen interest dad Be sure to finish with the appropriate pic of you and junior in it.

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    So today I used the rear leg template to mark out the legs. I cut as close as I could to my line.

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    I haven't got a pic of it but I then used my template attached to the leg and went to the router table with a straight pattern bit to create a perfect match to my template.


    And like I did with the seat I "pre sculpted" the rear legs on the bandsaw. These legs will be getting lots of attention with my sanding discs in the grinder and also rasps (which I still got to buy!).

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    Default WIP - Maloof inspired rocker

    And this is where I'm up to now.

    The seat has the joinery cut at the rear but I still need to cut a dado at the front. I used dominos for the seat to help align.

    I'm about to order a specialty set of router bits to create the "maloof joint" which is pretty much an open mortise and tenon.

    I can't do much more without these router bits I might start on the back spindles (back support pieces) until they arrive.

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    cool - watching with interest
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    Quote Originally Posted by artful bodger View Post
    Good luck with the build, I hope you post progress updates.
    Sure looks like a lot of wood for a chair!
    It's definitely more wood than I need but I'm picky with grain orientation so I bought extra so I can choose the best grain for each part.

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    Sitting back and watching with interest.

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    Now I can watch the build in 2 places. Looking good mate.

    And a huge CONGRATS on the upcoming arrival..

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    Watching with a keen eye. Have you seen the dish wheels that timbecon Zell for sculpting?

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    Quote Originally Posted by lithro View Post
    Watching with a keen eye. Have you seen the dish wheels that timbecon Zell for sculpting?
    Yep they're the ones I'm using - kutzall.

    A course and medium dish wheel should be all I need for the grinding. Then I'll use a die grinder with various bits for the more detailed work.

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    A very challenging piece of furniture! That timber looks great. Watching with interest.

    cheers,

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    Congratulation Andy. Also watching with interest.
    I always wanted to build a rocker.
    Nice looking bench you have the pieces resting on
    Those were the droids I was looking for.
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    Congratulations Andy, you and your wife are about to enter the greatest part of your life.
    Your care with grain selection is well & truly justified for this heirloom piece. Looking forward to your progress.
    A couple of pattern makers' rasps (Liogier or similar) will be a big help when you start shaping the legs.
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