Mark ( on February 16th, 2009

I have always admired the work of Sam Maloof.  Not only has he developed a style that is very distinctive and unique in its own right, I think that he has also done a tremendous amount for the craft of woodworking in America. I especially admire Maloof’s rocking chairs. These are the pieces that he is […]

Continue reading about Sculpted Rocking Chair: Stock Prep, Layout and Rear Legs

Mark ( on February 24th, 2009

I’ve been continuing with my operations to rough out and glue up chair components. With the rear legs already roughed out, I next turned my attention to the headrest. The headrest (as well as the back braces of the chair) curves substantially to provide a more comfortable position while sitting. To obtain the necessary curve […]

Continue reading about Sculpted Rocking Chair: Coopered Headrest and Ripping Thin Rocker Strips

Mark ( on March 3rd, 2009

The rockers and back braces for the chair are made with bent laminations. In the last post I showed the jig and process that I used to cut the thin strips to be laminated.  So, now it was on to the actual glue-filled lamination process! There are a bunch of potential ways to do laminations […]

Continue reading about Sculpted Rocking Chair: Laminating the Rockers and Back Braces

Mark ( on March 8th, 2009

From a woodworkers perspective, the thing that stands out most about a sculpted rocking chair like this is probably the Maloof-style joints used to join the legs to the seat. With all of the lamination behind me, I took the plunge to start the work for this unique joinery. The joinery starts on the seat […]

Continue reading about Sculpted Rocking Chair: Seat Joinery

Mark ( on March 17th, 2009

There’s still more work to do on the rockers and back braces but for now I have them on hold. However, with the joinery on the seat blank complete, I needed to complete the work on the front and rear legs so that they will mate with these joints in the seat. As you will […]

Continue reading about Sculpted Rocking Chair: Leg Joinery