My Maloof lowback #13: I'm calling this one finished - except for the finish

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Blog entry by Antti posted 03-24-2013 11:26 AM 2983 reads 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 12: On a scale from 0 to Sam Maloof... Part 13 of My Maloof lowback series Part 14: Done! Almost. »

I swear I’ll never do a sculpted piece of furniture again… the volume of sanding is staggering!
This one is about one working day ahead of its younger sister, but I wanted to get something finished, so I have been allocating my efforts only to this one.

Just slap the Osmo oil wax on this, and take it upstairs for the ooh’s and aah’s ?

The plan was to use the “original formula” for the finish, but they don’t sell that stuff in Finland, and the US distributors don’t airfreight (I guess its either banned to ship chemicals, or they would freeze and go bad?).

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#1 posted 03-24-2013 12:53 PM

Put some, San Maloof on it. It’s a varnish blend of Lin seed oil, varnish and mineral spirits. 1/3 of each.

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#2 posted 03-24-2013 03:15 PM

Say what?? Its varnish, linseed oil and mineral spirits?? noo..sorry..thats not correct..close..The Maloof mixture is 1/3 boiled linseed oil, 1/3 raw tung oil and 1/3 polyurethane varnish -semi gloss.. or if you can, get some General Finishes Arm-R-Seal semi gloss..that will give you the same look but better protection properties

-- Randall Child

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 03-24-2013 03:27 PM

Nice job – can’t wait to see the finish on it!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Tim Dahn

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#4 posted 03-24-2013 05:24 PM

Looks good Antii! I think I would have been overwhelmed too had I tried to do two chairs at once. Lots of work and sanding but beautiful.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#5 posted 03-24-2013 07:51 PM

If you hate sanding try using some high quality rasp! They will make short work of the rounding and some of the really nice owns will leave a finish nicer than 120 sand paper. Just avoid the cheap nicholson and the like and you will have never go back to paper. Plus they pay for them selves after a while with the reduced sand paper usage.

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#6 posted 03-24-2013 08:48 PM

“The cheap Nicholson one’s??” while although Auriou and other handmade rasps are nice and work good..the Nicholson patternmakers rasps are not necessarily cheap and they do work quite well..I wouldn’t necessarily call them cheap rasps..they were and still are the preferred rasps of the late Sam Maloof and now, the boys at his workshop..and I’m not sure if a rasps can ever take the place of fine sanding..not that I have ever can see my work on my website..all done with Nicholson patternmakers rasps..but the final sanding starting with 100,120,150,220,320, and finally 400 grit followed with 0000 steelwool and burnished with a rag..

-- Randall Child

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#7 posted 03-24-2013 09:06 PM

I’m referring to the ones you can buy at homedepo the double sided round and flat one where the pattern does not go to the edge.

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#8 posted 03-25-2013 06:30 AM

I’ve been using rasps as well – Aurio’s not-the-cheap-types. I still can see no way around huuuge volume of sanding remains after most gentle rasping if one wants to get rid of all scratches, marks etc. leaving only smooth satin surface…

But everybody is of course free to use whatever works for you. I’m sure Sam Maloof and his colleagues have found more efficient ways compared to mine. Otherwise they really would have starved to death!

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#9 posted 03-25-2013 05:21 PM

Sanding is the least favorite chore of making these chairs and any fine woodworking projects..i have learned to break up the chair in sections and do each section per day..that way it doesnt seem so tedious and long and you actually get to see the finished sections as you is a long process but also a very necessary one for you can ruin a perfectly beautifully piece by skimping on the sanding step

-- Randall Child

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