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  1. Nice chair for your first rocker. I think it's a good choice if your kids will be climbing all over it and they will. I spent 2 weeks in Andy Chidwick's shop learning how to make the "Maloof" style chair and can't say enough about his skills and teaching abilities. I think I was his second student at the time and I've enjoyed watching his success with his woodworking school.
  2. I wouldn't change a thing. I like the design. It will be so nice that you'll want it bigger so the baby will stay in it longer. Or............just keep having more kids.
  3. John, I think it's just the angle and light of the photo as I use the same templates. They aren't exactly the same but they are close. You do better at showing my pics on this forum than I do, thanks.
  4. Isawitfirst, I'm not a fan of Krenov's work. He was one of the best just not my style. If you look at one of my rocking chairs and the rear leg profile from the seat up you will see the leg profile of my desk only upside down. This is where I got the inspiration and idea for my desk. I am a huge Sam Maloof fan so the desk is another extension of my learning from him. It has won awards in shows that Sam's 3 assistants, now owners were the judges so I'm very pleased with the results. But hey, this is the critique room.
  5. Nice bowls Susie, Maybe you should carve some fruit to put into the bowls. I like the technique you use. It looks like a good way to use up all the small pieces of scrap.
  6. The wheels are from an "old" chair. I may update them at some point. I would like a design were you don't see the wheels but the legs would get too bulky looking. Real old wheels don't work as well as the newer ones. The ones on the chair are real smooth when sitting in the chair and that's what was important to me. Most people don't look at the lower section as the eye is drawn to the seat joinery and curves of the arms. Only us woodworkers look at all the other stuff.
  7. I like the contrast of the woods you used. Something different from what I normally see for this type of cabinet. Very nice and new looking for today.
  8. The finish on this chair is Maloof's oil/varnish from Rockler. I ran out of Tried & True. I'll order more so I have it on hand. I like both finishes. Tried & True has the wax mix so I tend to use it more on furniture where I'm not worried about water marks. I know Rockler sells that also. Today I'm using a marine varnish on a cabinet/table for a sale boat, wish I could use the oil finish but not on a boat.
  9. The chair is on my website with a closeup of the marquetry. I don't have the chair and desk together but they are in the same gallery.
  10. I just finished a cabinet that doubles as a step and folding table. I also used iroko and happy with the results. Once it's finished it will look nice in the sail boat cabin that it was designed for.
  11. This is the walnut swivel office chair I made to match my writing desk. The base is wood also. The base center is steel which the legs are dovetailed into. I added a small marquetry rose to a center brace for some personal emblishment. I'm adding more marquetry to my furniture as I like working with all the nice exotic veneers. Some of the pics are too large so check out my website for more. mahoneywoodworks
  12. Don't forget about marquetry projects. You don't need alot of tools, you can sit at a scroll saw instead of standing, the material (veneer) isn't heavy and it leads to other adventures in woodworking. I have an unused lath in my shop just taking up space. I did enjoy turning when I was in that phase of my woodworking interests.
  13. Thanks Susieq, I haven't been able to post some of my pics. Not sure why. I have some really nice photos on my website, mahoneywoodworks.com. I had a professional photographer take them to get some close ups. You will see the desk with and without the laptop. I'm about 2 weeks from finishing the matching office chair.
  14. James, I live in Canyon Lake which is 20 min North of Temecula. You can see my work at Mahoneywoodworks.com
  15. I designed this desk while making one of my Maloof style rocking chairs. The inspiration came from the rear leg cut offs. I hate to throw out material and had the pieces in my hand and saw the design for the desk I had been wanting to build for writing and my laptop. I wanted a desk that would somewhat hide the laptop when not in use. It won awards in the 2010 Design in Wood competition in San Diego and also the Orange Co Fair woodworking comp. The best part was learning that the judges were the 3 guys that have worked with Sam Maloof for over 30 years.
  16. I've been looking at veneer presses for marquetry. Prefer electric. I know the continueous run models are cheaper than the auto shut off. It would just be for my own use, not production. I also saw a DIY model. What are you all using? I'm going to the David Marks seminar in San Diego the end of Sept. and hopeing to pick up some good info.
  17. Sam Maloof used 2 different oil finishes. One with wax added and the other without. The first is a 3 part mix. One part 100% pure tung oil, one part boiled linseed oil and one part oil poly varnish. (don't get the water based poly). Put on 4-5 coats. I only mix enough to use for each coat. He would then recommend a couple of coats of the same 3 part mix but with the beeswax added. If you read any of his books he stated that he used a couple of handfuls in a gal mix. Don't use the beeswax mix on table tops due to water spots from setting a glass of liquid on the top. I buy the Tried and True original brand mix. It has a long shelf life. If I run out and only need a small amount I will mix my own using the Maloof mix. Hope this helps
  18. A few years ago I wanted to learn how to make a Maloof style rocking chair. To make a long story short I found an excellant teacher in Missoula, Montana. I not only made a beautiful chair but learned so much more that I could take home and use right away. Check out "Chidwickchairs.com" and then my website, mahoneywoodworks.com which I really have to credit Andy Chidwick for. It was the best 10 days of woodworking experience that I can remember. David Marks will be in San Diego the end of Sept for a weekend seminar. Should be interesting.
  19. If you look closely at the writing table legs you will see the same shape at the top rear legs to my roching chairs. The inside cutoff pieces inspired my design of this desk. The rocking chair is of course Maloof inspired with a twist to the arms and shaped front legs. My desk won an award at the Orange Co woodworking competition and the best part was learning that the judges were the 3 guys who now run and own part of Maloof's shop.
  20. I've been a carpenter for over 37 yrs and use the same type of saw. I hate the heavy worm drives. I now have a Milwaukee 7 1/4 Tilt Lok handle model. I don't use it in my woodworking shop now but for breaking down sheet goods before using my table saw it works well.If you will be using a saw all day as in rough framing it helps to have a handle set more to the rear. A lot of saws on the market have the handle almost 90 degrees to the cutting plate. It hurts the wrist. The Festools are way over priced unless your working in an enclosed shop. Just my 2 cents worth. Go to Lowes or HD and pick the saw up and feel the grip. The higher priced models usually feel and run the best.
  21. I built my first hardbody guitar last year and getting ready to do another. I gave it to my son for xmas. He was the true test as I'm not a player yet but a learner. It sounded great so off to do another. I have it on my website, mahoneywoodworks.com