Maloof Inspired Low Back Dining Chair DVD Project

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Project by Charles Brock posted 03-30-2010 03:00 PM 12786 views 22 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am a professional woodworker and publisher of Build A Maloof Inspired Rocker with Charles Brock. Having more fun than any one should be allowed to have. We finished filming the Build A Maloof Inspired Low Back Dining Chair DVD Project last week. I thought you might like to take a peak at the project. It will be available soon with a companion book, full-size patterns and online support. There will be some classes available in the future, too. Watch an introductory video for “Build A Maloof Inspired Low Back Dining Chair with Charles Brock.”

The shoot was exciting and a lot of great work. This is the second one I have done, both with Nashville TN’s Music Row Video. They are used to filming live action events which appealed to me because I didn’t want to put people to sleep. They are great at getting tight action shots of saw dust flying, the set-ups and shaping that make the viewer feel like they are in the middle of the action.

Teaching chairmaking classes is great prep for this kind of performance. I prepare for it like a cooking show with another chair or seat or parts completed ahead so while one is in the oven I can move on.

The first picture is the almost finished chair. The only thing missing is the beeswax and oil final finish that is hand-rubbed into the pores of the walnut.

The second picture is a compare and contrast segment of the video that provides an overview to the shaping of the each part of the chair so that it flows together. I highlight the contours of each part with a white artist pencil (to contrast with the walnut) like a topographical map to show the movement away from the hard and soft lines of the chair.

The third picture shows the use of the Festool RAS115 with dust collection (24 grit paper) to contour the seat boards as much as possible before putting them together.

The fourth picture shows the filming of the arm attachment sequence.

Pictures five and six are some of the many tight shots that show the tools and methods for shaping and set-ups used to cut the signature joinery.

Now we will take 12 hours of digital footage and edit into a precise less than two hour DVD with complimentary music, instructional voice overs and plenty woodworking of action.

Thanks for looking!

-- Charles Brock

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#1 posted 03-30-2010 03:16 PM

Extraordinary work. I love the design.

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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Bill Akins

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#2 posted 03-30-2010 03:18 PM

Your chairs look great. I have been eyeballing your video at Highland Woodworking and I definitely plan to pick it up one day. You do Sam proud.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#3 posted 03-30-2010 03:20 PM

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Dennis Zongker

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#4 posted 03-30-2010 03:38 PM

Beautiful Craftsmanship. Great job

-- Dennis Zongker

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John Stegall

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#5 posted 03-30-2010 04:08 PM

Charles, how do you find the RAS 115.04 does for shaping? How about the dust collection with the Festool vacuum?

-- jstegall

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#6 posted 03-30-2010 04:22 PM

Your work is great, I love the behind the scenes shots. We wouldn’t protest if you share more:)

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Charles Brock

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#7 posted 03-30-2010 04:41 PM

Thanks so much for the comments. This job is a joy to do daily and was worth all thirty years that I put it off while teaching school and raising a family before it became my full-time gig.

The RAS 115 is wonderful compared to the convention grinder/ carbide wheel set-up which I used successfully for years. IT is about 80% as fast as the grinder but with the 24 grit Saphir paper it is easy to handle for deep penetration or feathering out a soft-line. The kicker is the dust control. It is not perfect but what it doesn’t pick up (the larger particles) it contains them deflecting it into a pile in front of you instead of all over the shop, walls and everywhere else.

-- Charles Brock

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#8 posted 03-30-2010 04:45 PM

Gorgeous chair. A simply stunning piece of work.

-- Brad, Oregon- The things that come to those who wait, may be the things left by those who got there first.

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#9 posted 03-30-2010 05:01 PM

Fantastic chair. And I appreciate the intermediate photos… it gives a much better sense of the process.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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Jon Spelbring

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#10 posted 03-30-2010 05:21 PM

Awesome work – looks way easier than the rocker. I’ll have to check out the plans/dvd when you get them ready. Maybe I just need ONE MORE TOOL – that RAS 115 looks nice. I made an oath to never do grinder/shaping inside the shop again – it took forever to get the shop clean again :-)

-- To do is to be

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#11 posted 03-30-2010 05:37 PM

Beautiful chair.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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Heidi Neely

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#12 posted 03-30-2010 06:04 PM

wow….now that’s one gorgeous piece of furniture/art…..almost to beautiful to even want to sit on!

-- Heidi :) “The only source of knowledge is experience”

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Grant Libramento

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#13 posted 03-30-2010 08:32 PM

Beautiful treatment of Sam’s favorite chair. I’ll be looking for the DVD.

-- Grant, Tryon, NC

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#14 posted 03-30-2010 08:45 PM

I am awaiting the DVD’s release…but great to see some previews. After seeing this, I will have to decide on the type of table I would want to build for these.

I am also wondering what kinds of woods would fit the bill. Definitely walnut, as shown in your previews. I was considering a maple set that a friend has asked me to design/build for their new renovation. This type would fit in well with the China display cabinet I have already designed.

As always, your work is extraordinary….my goal is to someday come close to the point that you are with these works of art. It is exceptional that you take the time to do instructions and share them with us. I certainly find it most cost effective to purchase the kit and have such a fine resource.

-- Woodworking.....My small slice of heaven!

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Charles Brock

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#15 posted 03-30-2010 08:56 PM

All of you are most kind. This chair is not as time consuming as the rocker but just grows on you as a woodworker. The faring in of part to part is exciting as you look for the transition and junction that flows. There is so much that can be done with this chair and many ways to go to enhance its seemingly organic lines. This is really exciting to unveil a new chair.

When I get moved from Columbus to Franklin, TN I will be able to work more closely with Music Row Video. They are a superb video and editing company. We should be able to turn out about three instructional bundles a year and also publish other woodworking artists in this way.

Thanks so much!

-- Charles Brock

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