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Project by robscastle posted 07-17-2016 05:39 AM 1856 views 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Around Jul Aug 2014 I saw some work SPalm had posted he had been working with Sam Maloof joints.
The work and technique was so impressive I thought I should give it a try also.
As a result I made two similar Kids Chairs to the three shown here.

One was a prototype and the second a final real McCoy chair
They were given to my son for his two girls to use, including the prototype which survived for two years before it finally succumbed to typical kids use.

The second still lives on and is as good as new.
When I saw the broken one I attempted to fix it on location in Sydney but was not really sucessful.

I brought it back to Brisbane with me for repair, (its the light one seen in Pictures three and six) Meanwhile My son asked me to make three more.

So I set to work it took me quite some time and included my almost mandatory visit to Degoose to obtain some of his excellent timber suitable for the seat.

I can see why Sam had the attitude he had regarding woodwork, because working with timber and being able to sculp it into a unique piece of beautiful functional furniture certainly has its rewards.
Even at my rank amateur level I enjoyed making them and producing the striking effect you can see.

The timbers were supplied from Lazy Larys Workshop.
The seat is a Australian Gum specis, the legs and back are Queensland Walnut.

The Process
once the joints were complete The initial sculpting was roughed out with bandsaw and the seat an Arbortec Planer.
The joints a table saw and two router bits.
The finishing sculpting was done with a Battery Drill and sureform drum then and sanding sleeve, then Flap disc and finally steel wool to finish.

The Chairs as you see them here are simply sealed amd awaiting final finish coat of 2 Pack

-- Regards Rob

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 07-17-2016 06:06 AM

Very NICE!


Sam Maloof would have LIKED your work!

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

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#2 posted 07-17-2016 10:04 AM

Rob, They are some very nice well made chairs sir…well done.

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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#3 posted 07-17-2016 11:12 AM

Well done sir. Those look really neat.
The color contrast adds some style too.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#4 posted 07-17-2016 11:39 AM

Nice chairs Rob, and look very sturdy!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#5 posted 07-17-2016 11:43 AM

Interesting joinery.

-- -Jim, "Nothing says poor craftsmanship more than wrinkles in your duck tape"

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#6 posted 07-17-2016 12:51 PM

Great job, Rob! What do you think caused the failure of the prototype? You obviously improved by the second version :-) and numbers 3-5 look really solid. Bring on the rug rats!

-- God bless, Candy

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#7 posted 07-17-2016 01:28 PM

Awesome joinery and wood colour contrast looks great.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 07-18-2016 01:16 AM

Rob. Stunning!!!!! Very Professional Job. The Wood contrast is very pleasing to the eye and those joints are very well presented…..Well done Rob, you can be very proud of this project.



-- Cliff Australia : Snoring is good. It blows away all the Sawdust.

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#9 posted 07-18-2016 06:30 AM

Well I was a bit taken back by all the kind comments I must say !
Thanks everybody!


The prototype chair was built as a learning exercise and confidence builder by me in 2014 it was never intended to be used as a chair but my son annexed it anyway.
The material used was Camphor Laurel a very soft and easy to work material, not really furniture grade material.

From what I could find out the chair somehow got ejected from the cubby house and as a result suffered a broken leg.
I attempted to fix it on location but it got broken again later, so I brough it back home to use as a prototype.
Although I had templates to make more I neve documented accurately any construction details or measurements, mainly because I never expected to make them again, (a silly move in hindsight) So now here I am two years later and I am making more and also attempting to replicate them closely as possible to the existing one.

The Broken Prototype

The original stool

-- Regards Rob

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#10 posted 07-23-2016 12:55 AM

Very stout lil chairs. Nicely done.

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

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