Just finished my walnut rocker with cherry accents in time for the holidays. Very happy with the results and your video and templates. I just ordered your video and templates for the sculptured stool which I will make out of cherry I think. Enjoy the holidays and thank you once again
December 13, 2019
Hi Scott. I purchased a “Building a Simple Rocking Chair “ plans and video last May and have just completed it . I must say it was a very fun project to do. It also improved my woodworking skills to a higher level than I thought I had. Still needs a finish of some kind but not sure which one to use. I think I want to add a light stain to it though before I seal it. Which finish sealant would you recommend ?
Your plans were wonderful and easy to follow ...
October 3, 2019
The photos below are in response to our correspondence of 9/14.
My first 2 chair attempts, using your templates.
Still wrestling with ideas about design changes and their impact on chair rocking characteristics. Want to “make peace” with my curiosity about making such design changes, before making any change to my templates, and before committing expensive hardwood. May start by building a prototype made from inexpensive construction lumber.
Hope to get started with #3 next month.
August 31, 2019
Hope your summer has been great so far. I just thought I would show you a chair I just finished. It is a version of your tea chair. I thought you might like it. Headed to Jackson for the Western design conference next week. Thanks again for all of your help over the years.
May 16, 2019
I recently purchased your rocking chair DVD and template bundle, can’t wait to get started. You mention in the DVD that you will list equipment but I do not see a list of tools and more specifically router bits and drill bit sizes for the joinery. Am I missing it in the DVD or website? Do you have a working list of these items? Thanks so much
Included is a photo of the low back chair your other DVD helped me with, it was a test piece made out of poplar but with heavy staining is reasonably presentable.
May 14, 2019
I finished up the Montana Rocker and thought I’d share a photo of it. Was fortunate enough to find some very nice quilted Honduran mahogany for the project and I added a few personalized embellishments to your design. What an enjoyable project; want to thank you for your design, plans and assistance. The rocker is comfortable!! Thanks again.
April 8, 2019
My "simple rocker", number three of my five designs of yours, was auctioned off for $2,000 for the benefit of homeless women and children in Olympia, WA. That's a lot of meals or warm nights for those needy people! It was the highest earning item of the $78,000 raised that night! I have an observation which might be useful for those of us making chairs to your designs who do not have a horizontal boring machine; drill the dowel holes in the bottoms of the rocker legs by eye, starting with very small bits and just working up to the final diameter; this will prevent "wandering" of the large bits and blowout of legs (perish the thought!). Thanks, Scott. Again, please let me know the moment you offer plans for the Butterfly Rocker.
March 28, 2019
I wanted to thank you for the amazing tutorial on the maloof rocker. This was a fun project and less frustrating thanks to you. I had a quick question for you. Have you ever built the maloof style chaise rocker. I was thinking of giving a go at that but wanted to get an expert opinion first. Thank you
Justin M. D.C.
February 26, 2019
Your chapter on shaping and sanding The Elegant Rocking Chair was worth the price of the video. Thanks again for the instructions.
January 22, 2019
Greatly appreciated your advice back last year. I have two (one for each of my daughters) of your style rocking chair almost ready for sealing and finish (see photos). I slightly lengthened the front legs while slightly shortening the back legs. The ‘pitch’ is perfect for my size; hopefully, it will be for my daughters and their husbands.
Just a very quick question…………. Do you still recommend the MINWAX Tung Oil Finish as the sealing coat (first coat) on rocking chairs built with Cherry lumber? I only ask this as I saw that your video was made several years ago and was wondering if this is still your recommended finish. Also, as per your video, do you still recommend the second and third coats to be the Sam Maloof Poly/oil and the fourth and fifth coats to be the Sam Maloof Oil/Wax?
Truly, it has been a rewarding experience to build these chairs. I will be shortly begin to build the double rocker; I have purchased some 8/4 quilted maple that I look forward to machining and shaping for this project. I have a son who, when he returns from his military duties in Japan, will also receive a rocker. I thank you for producing and marketing your templates and instructional video.
Used the heated garage to epoxy the legs in place as the garage is headed and it is cold outside; not quite as cold as Montana, but cold!
January 3, 2019
Hi Scott, I am well along in my construction of my fifth chair built to one of your designs: my third "simple" rocker. I am making it specifically to contribute to the Junior League of Olympia 2019 fund raising auction next month. A primary function of the Junior League of Olympia is to improve the lives of needy local children. It is not a coincidence that one of my daughters-in-law is in charge of the auction, and is rocking her second child in my first rocker every day. All four of my previous Morrison designed chairs are completely intact after much heavy use, including great service to five infants and their mothers. The chairs are centerpieces of their homes. For the upcoming auction I will of course, gratefully acknowledge that the design is yours, which I'm sure will increase its fundraising value. In order to help me establish a minimum bid at the auction, would you please tell me what you currently charge for a Montana Rocker made from cherry? Be assured, I do not expect the chair will sell for anywhere near that price, but I would like to be able to quote your price honestly to help raise money for the League. Let me say again, how much I have benefitted from your design work and the clarity of your videos. If you ever decide to sell plans for the Butterfly Rocking Chair please let me know! Happy New Year,