Maloof Coffee Table

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Project by zaschaffer posted 08-26-2014 01:07 PM 2181 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is my rendition of a Maloof coffee table. The joinery was done with a Festool Domino (way faster than hand cutting all the tenons and mortises). Made from 8/4 Claro Walnut. The top has a 3” radius cut on each corner and the I rounded over the top and bottom of the top. Finished with 5 coats of Maloof oil.

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#1 posted 08-26-2014 01:47 PM

Beautiful table, love that top with the knots, fantastic. Great job.

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#2 posted 08-26-2014 01:59 PM

I love the Manloof Oil… good choice

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#3 posted 08-26-2014 04:47 PM

Very nice.

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#4 posted 08-27-2014 12:04 AM

Beautiful coffee table! That claro walnut is just beautiful!

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#5 posted 08-27-2014 06:08 AM

I certainly look great…did you so a blog on the joinery?

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#6 posted 08-28-2014 09:26 AM

2nd attempt to type !!

It certainly looks great….did you do a blog on the joinery?

-- Regards Rob

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#7 posted 08-28-2014 01:12 PM

robscastle—- I have yet to blog (i doubt there is anything i could teach most of the people that are on this site lol). But if you were wanting some plans for this table i could show you the templates. All the joinery was done with a Festool Domino (5mm x 30 tenons). if you are unfamiliar with the joiner its basically a biscuit cutter on roids. It cuts a mortise and then you insert a pre cut floating tenon in the slots. Its a very fast process i think it took me about 3 hours from rough lumber to finish on this particular table.

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#8 posted 08-30-2014 02:29 AM

It’s a nice looking table, beautiful wood and finish, but …

It doesn’t actually look like something Maloof would have done i.e. it doesn’t strike me as “Maloofian”. At least not to me. Maloof’s most famous work always seems to me to have organic curves in three dimensions. I don’t see that in this table.

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#9 posted 08-30-2014 12:04 PM

Nice looking table. I’m fond of thick table tops, such as this.

On another note, I’d agree with BikerDad about it not being similar to Maloof’s style of woodworking. Sam would create complex curves on the bandsaw, and go the extra mile with his joints. Not that this isn’t a beautiful table.

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#10 posted 08-30-2014 10:38 PM

Bikerdad and Daniel—- I know Sam would laugh if he was to look at this table but I really didnt know what to title the thing.

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