One Of Two Traveling To San Diego, CA

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Project by Les Casteel posted 04-27-2010 02:49 AM 1925 views 2 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of two Maloof rockers being shipped to sunny California. This one is made from OAK and dyed black by customer request. The grain pattern of the oak is visible through the dye which will make it kinda interesting.

-- Les, Missouri,

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#1 posted 04-27-2010 02:55 AM

Beautiful craftsmanship, and I do like the color.

-- Nubs,Reserve

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#2 posted 04-27-2010 02:58 AM

this is my favorite

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#3 posted 04-27-2010 03:27 AM

Both beautiful but I think I like the other one better.

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

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#4 posted 04-27-2010 03:50 AM

Ditto on the comment from the last one. This one is nicer! Love the color. What was the dye?

When I wanted BLACK oak, I used “Feibings” (I think that was the name) Leather dye. It made the oak black, was alcohol based and penetrated the wood. Used to make alot of Conference tables with a black oak color. You have to have the sanding done right because you can’t go back, but otherwise it imparted an nice Blue-Black color.

Nice work!

-- Michael Murphy, Woodland, CA.

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#5 posted 04-27-2010 12:39 PM

Very nice! Outstanding work…

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#6 posted 04-27-2010 01:28 PM

I bought some BEHLEN’s black dye from WoodCraft Supply. It worked well, dried instantly. This is the third black rocker I’ve made. They’re really formal looking and great for offices, but I hate fiddling with the dye it just never comes out as well as natural color, but give the customer what he wants.

If you ever dye something like this you have to remember to follow the rules and dye the parts that go inside another part separately. What I mean is the backslats go into round mortises in the headrest. You have to finish and dye them separately. If you don’t when they expand/contract raw oak shows up as little rings and looks really bad. Same thing with panels in a chest/door/cabinet.

Most of you know this, but I always have to remind myself.

-- Les, Missouri,

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#7 posted 04-27-2010 01:59 PM

Les, these are beautifully made chairs. I agree about the black dye, it just doesn’t do the same justice as a more natural looking wood. Maybe it is because we are woodworkers, but it just does not look as inviting to sit in as the cherry rocker. Good for you; giving the customer what they wanted though.

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#8 posted 04-27-2010 03:25 PM

Beautiful, I must say I find the black one extremely beautiful, and the detail that we see the woodstructure are just eye candy. If I should ever make on my self, I think I would make it in wood, just to enjoy my own abilities…
Perhaps because my background are as a architect!

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#9 posted 04-27-2010 04:38 PM

Fantastic work Les. Both chairs look wonderful.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#10 posted 04-28-2010 02:25 AM

Hey Mafe! your right, when the chair is black it emphasizes the “form” the “shapes” instead of the wood. Maybe that’s why they appeal to some and not others. Thanks for all the nice comments!

-- Les, Missouri,

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