My Maloof lowback #12: On a scale from 0 to Sam Maloof...

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Blog entry by Antti posted 01-05-2013 11:11 AM 3536 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 11: Back in business Part 12 of My Maloof lowback series Part 13: I'm calling this one finished - except for the finish »

...I can start to see that I wont achieve the perfection I was expecting from my first chairs ever… It is quite a shock! When approaching the final shape I begin to fully appreciate Sam’s talent, as the shapes prove so difficult to recreate. However, I foresee the final product to be well above zero!

Today I finished most of the shaping with rasps. Next time I attack these puppies, I will be using sanding blocks.

P.S. It is winter here in Finland, and I decided I wont risk the wood to change shape (and break the glue-ups) due to minus degrees celcius and very dry air, so I’m working inside. My shop = the boiler room is quite warm, and there’s a lot of dust flying around (despite my dust filter at full blast). So I decided it was most practical to work ‘au naturel’ to not mess up clothes with sweat and dust , and due to the heat… there’s an image for you!

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#1 posted 01-05-2013 02:26 PM

Just another form of a sauna. You might not be happy with the shape, but I sure would be. Your chair looks brilliant to me!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 01-05-2013 03:26 PM

In all honesty, I’m very happy with the chairs, but up until this point it was possible to imagine perfect imitation of the original… At this stage there is so little extra wood left to be removed, that it is very easy to take out too much from here and there, or scratch the seat where you shouldn’t.

Awful lot of work though, but at the moment I expect to get them ready for finish with a couple more sessions: First one to finalize the shaping with coarse sand paper, and the second to work through all the grits.

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#3 posted 01-05-2013 09:09 PM

your chair is way above average! It’s beautiful and after you get the rest of the set built, you are going to be good at it! Very impressive.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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