My Maloof lowback #8: Finally starting to take shape

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Blog entry by Antti posted 08-05-2012 11:05 AM 3746 reads 2 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 7: Armrest blanks Part 8 of My Maloof lowback series Part 9: Still chipping away at eating my elephant... »

I finally managed to saw and drill the armrest blanks so I could glue the whole thing together.

I had my doubts on getting the glueline tight with only one screw from behind so I put in two. After it was too late, I realized this might affect the possibilities to shape later…

I wish I could already put up an “after” picture to complement this “before” picture: There’s a Maloof joint in there somewhere:

Unfortunately I only scratched the surface, so here are a couple of “interim” pictures:

At this stage I dont want to rush it (and I ran out of time…), so I have to continue later. I’m almost convinced that the chairs will succeed…but there obviously is a lot of angle grinding, rotary tooling, rasping and sanding before that! It also appears that the “extra” screw didnt screw my shaping possibilities…

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#1 posted 08-05-2012 11:14 AM

Wow great looking pictures. Thanks for sharing. I’d like to build a set of chairs and a dining table for a Christmas gift. Just building one of the Maloof style chairs appears to be a daunting project. Trying to get 6 of them to look alike is going to be even more difficult… The amount of sculpting to get from the almost square roughed out chair, to the flowing curves of the finished chair is very apparent from your photographs. Thanks again for sharing your progress.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 08-05-2012 02:42 PM

It looks to me like you have made a LOT of progress! They are looking great – you’ll get there!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#3 posted 08-07-2012 05:57 AM

Thanks for your comments.
Hal, if you just have the time, you should go ahead with your dining set. The project is great and very very rewarding. In my case the challenge is the lack of available time. As you can see from the frequency of postings, I only get to work on these a couple of hours a month. If I had for example half a day each week, I’d be doing your plan…

With my current schedule, I think I will select an easier/shorter next project – its nice to get something finished more often than once a year!

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