My Maloof lowback #10: The dark spots are my sweat

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Blog entry by Antti posted 08-26-2012 09:46 AM 7570 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Except for a small rotary tool I use around the joints, I dont dare to use power tools at this stage. So yes, those dark spots are my sweat. Dripping sweat makes the chairs that much more handmade? Anyway, I can see the form slowly coming together – a glimpse of the hardline here and there, a maloof joint starting to look its part,...

I have to pace myself, as if I keep going too tired, I become careless and make mistakes. I hope they sand out…

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#1 posted 08-26-2012 11:42 AM

Your chair is looking great! My projects at this point have both sweat and blood stains… I used to be very cautious when removing wood, but after carving and sanding a lot of gunstocks, I use power tools and aggressive grit that would scare me to death when I started. How many chairs are going to be in your set? I am going to have a hard time getting 6 built that look alike. Everybody will be able to tell they were handcrafted…

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#2 posted 08-26-2012 05:24 PM


I’m thinking two will suffice, as I started working on these last December… The plan is to make a sculpted tea table between them. And on top of that, a photo album of how these were made!

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#3 posted 08-27-2012 05:44 AM

Nice looking chair, what type of wood did you use for the dowel pins? Also what finish do you plan to use?

-- Vince

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#4 posted 08-27-2012 06:07 PM

The plugs are ebony. It was like drilling metal when making them. Regarding the finish, I hope to imitate the original, but unfortunately Maloof finishes cannot be shipped via air, and are not sold here in Finland. I have to study that a little more before choosing. I have been using Osmo Colors “oil wax” (direct translation from Finnish, I’m not sure what it would be in terms of normally used English names) with good results. I started with that stuff after talking to a pro cabinet maker, who uses it. The instructions on the oil wax can tell to stop standing around 200 grit. I have to do little testing, as my plan is to go to maybe 320, 400 or even 500. All suggestions welcome.

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#5 posted 08-28-2012 04:37 AM

Looks like it’s going to be a really nice custom chair when you’re finished with it. Don’t worry about getting them all looking alike. One of the greatest appeal handmade furniture offers is its uniqueness -each in a set of handmade chairs would look different. You do excellent work!

-- LittlePAW - The sweetest sound in my shop, next to Mozart, is what a hand plane makes slicing a ribbon.

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#6 posted 08-30-2012 05:01 PM

Coming along nicely! Don’t give up, this is where you make it or break it.

-- I never finish anyth

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