Progress on Maloof Dining Room Chair Set

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Project by Dave G posted 11-21-2015 11:27 AM 1958 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I completed my annual project of adding to my Maloof inspired dining room chair set. The first photo shows this year’s contribution. In the background on the floor is the single one I’ve already made. So we’re up to three total now. All three are hard maple to match the table

I used the Charles Brock pattern for these. The main reason I picked this pattern is that the low design slides under the table out of the way and really fits into our tiny NE dining room.

There is wood for this year’s chairs in my rack, already acclimatized. The next set will be one of hickory and one of cherry. Maybe I’ll stop at 5 though it would be cool to make one of walnut.

The first chair took about 55 hours. These two took 65 hours total so I’m down to 33 hours. Besides less time standing around thinking about dimensions and next steps I got a whole lot faster at wielding the Festool grinder. It makes me think of a story I heard about a guy that could carve a Lincoln penny head into a log with the tip of his chainsaw.

The finish is Watco Natural followed by three coats hand wiped Minwax satin poly.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#1 posted 11-21-2015 01:03 PM

Very nice work, congratulations,,,keep on making saw dust,,,,,,, and more heirloom furniture.

-- andrek

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#2 posted 11-21-2015 01:37 PM

Wow, those are nice! I agree with you, I’d love to see a walnut version. Well done

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#3 posted 11-21-2015 02:25 PM

I just can’t think of anything strong enough to say that would compliment your fine work – perhaps a thundering round of applause

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#4 posted 11-21-2015 07:37 PM

Wow, these are really nice, great work. would love to have those in the dining room!

-- Jim, Marostica Italy

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#5 posted 11-23-2015 06:23 AM

nice work! very nice. I will make one some day.

-- Every project is an opportunity to acquire new tools and any solution that requires buying a new tool is the correct one.

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#6 posted 11-24-2015 12:51 AM

These are turning out beautifully! That’s going to be a beautiful dining set with these lovely chairs around it!

-- Dean -- "Don't give up the ship -- fight her 'till she sinks!" Capt James Lawrence USN

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#7 posted 11-24-2015 12:55 AM

Wow! Exquisite work! I think I need to take some classes :)

-- Bill, Yo! Brooklyn & Steel City :)

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#8 posted 11-28-2015 10:32 PM

Beautiful work.

Did you feel the Brock plans were sufficient to your needs?

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#9 posted 11-28-2015 11:36 PM

The Brock plans were overkill, written for a novice. There was so much helpful detail that I often missed the point. For each major step I needed a couple pictures and general description instead I had to wade through half hour of stuff I didn’t need. I wish he would rewrite it as a recipe format. There is stuff missing both from the written and the video so you have to watch both all the way through. And after three I’m still noticing really important things I missed the first time through. I want to write my own, for others to use too, but it’s a lot of work and probably insulting to Mr Brock too.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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#10 posted 11-29-2015 12:08 AM

Awesome work. you’ll love it forever.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 05-12-2017 08:04 PM

These are beautiful chairs and will be a wonderful set of chairs when they are finished.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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