My Maloof lowback #4: The grind

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Blog entry by Antti posted 03-31-2012 05:20 PM 3294 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The intensity is not overwhelming as I get to work on my project about once a month. Today was the day, and I made some progress. Also made some minor mistakes – as long as they are not “fatal”, i.e. force me to start over I’m not too concerned as this is just a hobby… right?

To get me warmed up, I fine-tuned the joints for the backlegs. I thanked myself for having watched some fine woodworking podcasts (from an iPod, during my commute to work…): I used my business cards as spacers; I lowered the blade to just touch the joint with the cards under my plane. When cards were removed, I knew I would plane just that much. Worked well, and the joints dry-fit real nice.

The grinding progressed just as advertised (in Scott Morrison’s instructional DVD). Him having done it a couple of times and me being a first timer I foresee a day’s worth of hand sanding to finish off the shaping of the seat. I used first the Holey Galahad medium:

I didn’t bother to measure anything; Feeling the shape with my hands seemed accurate enough to me, so the stick is just for show.

After the initial shaping with the Holey Galahad I used the sanding disc (that came with the Bosch sander) 40 grit. Pretty aggressive…

I used the random orbit sander, hoping it would give me more control. That worked fine for the bottom, but as mentioned, I have to revisit the “show-face” of the seat with a sanding block, and I think there will be a significant amount of sweat involved. Thats OK, I can then call my lowbacks handmade with a good conscience…

I have to admit that I’m slightly surprised how the thing is progressing – each separate step is not so difficult and it is starting to look like there will be chairs… This was (is) not to be taken for granted, as I started “fine woodworking” only about a year and a half ago, and looking at the picture of the finished product is quite intimidating!

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#1 posted 03-31-2012 05:21 PM

Super blog and very good photography .


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#2 posted 04-01-2012 03:31 AM

Really impressive I have looked at this type of grinder before. Was it very intimidating I think it might be for me.
You give me hope that someone like me could actually do this.
Keep up the good work and we will be watching

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#3 posted 04-01-2012 04:19 AM

thanks for the feedback! Regarding photography, the secret of success has to be either the lighting (outdoors) or the equipment (phone), since it sure ain’t me – yesterday my hands were noticeably shaking from the grinding, and using rubber gloves didn’t help with the touchscreen either.

I would recommend the Holey Galahad to others, but you have to discount for the fact that it is the only kind I have ever used… I did use it with the drawer fronts of my “propeller” credenza earlier, and before that I had already practiced with the table top. So this time I already knew what to expect, but I was still worrying that this might be the step where the good start turns into firewood.

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#4 posted 04-01-2012 05:32 AM

That is great, can’t wait to see it come together.

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