Maloof Inspired Kids stools

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Project by robscastle posted 08-23-2014 11:27 PM 2221 views 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here are two kids chairs I made.
The original post by SPalm motivated me to research Sam Maloof’s style of furniture making.

I found the whole story of Sam’s life fascinating along with the sculptured construction of his chairs.

So after studying both of the construction processes of Steve and Sam I made a prototype joint.

Hey it worked! and its posted as a blog.

Now the challenge begins I initially started back in June with some of Degoose’s European Walnut but had a confidence lapse and switched to some Camphor Laurel as a prototype.

I blogged the whole process in a series of parts if its of an interest.

The prototype had a few clinkers in it but was reasonable enough to convince me to do a “real” one.

I didn’t have any plans just a prototype to check with as I went, well at least I thought I was checking it, see the blog content for some Opps’s .

Eventually after studying more Internet videos and construction details the chair was finished.

Both chairs were sanded and only coated with clear satin lacquer as a finish so the features are as per CL and EW.


I also need to recognise the following as contributors to this project for their input.

Degoose for the supply of the timber

SPalm for posting the table and blog which triggered it all

and also importantly the late Sam Maloof for his amazing talents, and the legacy he left.

If he was watching me he was possibly shaking his head in disbelief as I bumbled along !!


-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 08-23-2014 11:38 PM

Lucky kids! Somehow I do not think they will appreciate the design but you will be able to see the chairs in use – much easier as an observer than as a participant ;)

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#2 posted 08-24-2014 12:25 AM

very nice robert

watched the blogs as they unfolded

these came out great
kids will love them
and you can rejoice in their fun with them

your perseverance paid off well

congratulations !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#3 posted 08-24-2014 01:06 AM

Robert… VERY COOL!

They are lucky kids… of course they know who Maloof is… :) ... but YOU do! :)

Very good work!

Thank you for follow-up & the construction details.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#4 posted 08-24-2014 01:10 AM

Rob, they are beautiful, great job.
I enjoyed reading your blog about the construction of these.
Thank you.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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#5 posted 08-24-2014 01:54 AM

nice craftsmenship.

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#6 posted 08-24-2014 03:08 AM

What lovely work this is. I always admired Sam’s flowing designs. They seem to just have grown in that shape. You did a fine job of working in the same vein. Now you will have to make the kids full sized chairs that they can use for the rest of their lives.

-- Big Al in IN

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#7 posted 08-24-2014 08:11 AM

Wonderful work Robert. Chairs are quite a challenge to take on and you did this one justice.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#8 posted 08-24-2014 10:59 AM

A tribute to Sam the Man.
Well done Robert. Those are so cool, and thanks for all the blogs.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#9 posted 08-24-2014 01:08 PM

Those are wonderful! Very nicely done.


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#10 posted 08-30-2014 08:07 PM

Some fine craftsmanship for sure. Just beautiful

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#11 posted 04-08-2015 11:08 AM

good job! I have also been captured by the Sam, what a person he was!

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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