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  1. AndyG

    Maloof Inspired rocker

    Next up was cutting out the front and rear leg blanks. I do recommend having a third front leg as a test piece to dial in the fit, I found this really useful. Rear leg blanks after using the template on the router table. The joinery was cut in all four legs and dry assembled.
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    Maloof Inspired rocker

    G’day WTO, I thought I’d post a project journal of my Maloof rocker that I started building a while ago. I initially posted a thread in the guild area with some questions on the build, and somehow that turned into a journal. I received some great advice but thought others might benefit from seeing my build so far, including my stuff ups and what I’ll do next time. I’m by no means an expert, I’m just a hobby woodworker who took the plunge building one of my bucket lists projects. I’ll have to post my work so far over a few posts as I have shocking internet coverage in my area, so I won’t push my luck. First of all the rocker was intended to be completed before the arrival of our first child, I was cutting it fine as it was and didn’t get close to finishing it. As you can imagine, once she was born, workshop time was somewhat limited, so progress certainly slowed down. So here it goes. I decided on US (I’m an Aussie), partly because it seems to be the traditional wood choice for rockers, but I also really like it. I purchased more than I needed so I can be picky with grain selection, which I think makes a significant difference. I spent an embarrassingly long time deciding on the pieces for the seat. I ended up deciding on this layout. Then the 3 degree bevels, I used my jointer for this. I used my domino to join the boards also, this makes it so much easier to glue up. Pre sculpting was done on he bandsaw. Upon reflection, I was a bit conservative with this. Next time, and there will definitely be a next time because I’m having a blast building this, I’ll remove more material. It’s not a big issue, but it would certainly help. I cut the joinery on all four corners then glued up the seat. I was pretty excited at this stage! Front leg joinery. More to come.....
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    Maloof rocker questions

    Thanks Kev, I’m going to hold off on the rockers for a bit longer. I do agree though, it might look out of proportion with thinner rockers. I’ve been working on the back slats. Man they are a lot of work! The shaping was quite easy but the fitting of the tenons into the chair has been very tedious and by far the most frustrating part of the build. I got all but one fitted but they are rough and will require a lot of hand work with scrapers and sanding. I didn’t really help myself when I cut them out on the bandsaw, some of the curves that go into the tenons aren’t even so I’ve been finessing with rasps but it looks like a lot of work to get them all to look the same. I think the next rocker I build I’ll use laminated slats. I’m also looking at getting a Festool RO90 to help sand the chair. I reckon the delta pad will come in handy on the slats, and the round pad for tighter areas. I got a RO150 and I’m very impressed, I sanded the seat after sculpting with very good results. I might also post this thread in the main area of the forum, there might be others who can learn from my stuff ups! Cheers
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    Maloof rocker questions

    Ok team, I need to admit that I still haven’t completed the rocker. To my defence, we had a baby and she took up all of my spare time. I’ve done a few small projects since but I’m thinking of working on the rocker again. I was looking at the rocker laminates that I cut up a while back. I really made a mess of it and need to run some of them through the drum sander. It’s going to leave me with a set of rockers that will be around 3/4”. Do you think this is too thin? This is including two strips of a contrasting wood. I could add a third species to get it up to the 1” thickness. What’s your thoughts? And is it just me, but do people obsess on the detail of their rocker? I can’t seem to make much progress as I obsess over the smallest detail. Probably why it’s taking me so long! cheers
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    any experience with felt?

    I line the inside of my boxes with pig skin suede. I cover the entire underside of the suede with a thin but even coat of glue, and do the same with whatever I’m attaching it to (ply/mdf). I allow the glue to dry then I place a tea towel over the suede and iron it onto the ply/mdf. The heat melts the glue and gives a nice flat finish. I tried using solid wood as a substrate once, but as you can imagine the heat from the iron warped the timber.
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    River table question

    Thanks for the replies. I might do one or two sample pieces and take it from there, I’ll let you know how I go. cheers
  7. Hey, I’m going to join in on the river table craze and build a river coffee table or two. Question is, instead of cutting the board/slab in half and building a form, pouring the resin etc, could I just rout out a channel and pour the epoxy in? This will enable me to not only save on epoxy, but I’ll be able to create my own curves on a template, then use a bearing guide on my router. I’m struggling to see any negatives to this approach. I’m using pearl x pigments (blue) with a casting resin. The timber will be able 1 1/2” to 1 3”4” (undecided) Has anyone done this? And if so, how deep did you rout? cheers
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    Laguna 18BX (and similar size bandsaws)

    I’d love to hear your thoughts on the 18BX after owning it for a few months. Thanks.
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    Lemon/orange beeswax finish

    Thanks for the replies. I made a mix of mineral oil, beeswax and food grade orange oil. It worked out well. Next up I’ll try carnauba wax. I have been looking at food grade essential oils and it’s something I’ll try. I’m looking forward to it. Does anyone know what the shelf life would be for say beeswax, carnauba wax and mineral oil? The vitamin e sounds like it would preserve the finish, but was curious if after X years it may turn rancid? Thank you
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    Lemon/orange beeswax finish

    To be completely honest, the vitamin E idea came about whilst researching commercially available waxes and finishes. They all seem to have it included with their mineral oil. Maybe someone in the know could shed some light? I like the smell of lemon and orange scented waxes for boards, and my understanding is that they offer some sort of additional anti bacterial benefits? I enjoy the process of making my own beeswax/mineral oil finishes. I give them away to friends with cutting boards, and they seem to really like them. So just looking to mix things up a bit and see if anyone else has used other products in their home made board finishes. I know the mineral oil/beeswax finish is sufficient, but just looking for something new. Cheers
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    Lemon/orange beeswax finish

    Hi all, I have been experimenting with different mineral oil/beeswax finishes for my cutting boards lately and now I’m ready to try something new. I’d like to try using lemon and orange oil along with vitamin E and carnauba wax. Not necessarily all together, but I’ll experiment with different ratios to get a finish I like. Has anyone tried any of these with their board finishes/waxes? I’d love to hear from you. I suppose you’d have to use pure lemon or orange oil to get the benefits rather than just a scented oil. And did you use powdered vitamin e or liquid? I appreciate the help. Thank you
  12. Hi there, Has anyone built the sculpted chair from Paul at Canadian Woodworks? I really like the design and I'm looking at buying his plans and templates and making a few next year. How did you find the plans & templates, are they straight forward to follow? Or has anyone built a similar style chair before? I'd love to see some pics and your thoughts on the build. I'm getting close to finishing a maloof rocker at the moment and would love to make more sculpted chairs. And does anyone know if there are other plans available for these style chairs? I know Scott Morrison and Charles Brock sell plans for a chair with arms, I wonder if the templates could be modified for an armless chair? Thank you
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    Maloof rocker questions

    Marc explains the process very well in the videos and it seems relatively straight forward. I'll post this part when the time comes but I'm not too concerned about it at all.
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    Maloof rocker questions

    I shaped the back slats yesterday, it was pretty straight forward and quite quick. Now I need to fit the remainder of the tenons into the 1/2" holes. Once the slats are done, I can finish sculpting the rest of the chair and begin sanding/scraping then begin working on the rockers.
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    Maloof rocker questions

    Arms are pretty much done as far as sculpting goes. A final shaping/scraping will happen during the finishing process but I'm pretty happy how they turned out. Next up is finishing the back slats..... I don't know why but I'm a bit hesitant to do them. The shaping is easy, but getting them to fit so they all line up will be a bit of a challenge.