Maloof Style Low-Back Settee

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Project by mnorusis posted 09-01-2011 02:48 PM 2655 views 5 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This project posting is about 4-5 months late…

I built this Settee as a donation for my son’s school auction earlier this year. There was a ton of interest, and it did end up selling, but the problem was that people just weren’t prepared to be buying furniture at the auction. Several people just weren’t sure if it would fit where they wanted it to go in their house, otherwise I think the price would have been much higher.

At any rate, I was actually surprised at how difficult it was to let this one go. To date, it’s by far the best thing I’ve built. Not only that, I was in heaven building it, just an absolute joy to make. This Settee turned out (in my very harsh opinion) 100x better than the low-back single chair I built last year, but I still have a lot to improve. However, the finish on this one is awesome, I’m very very pleased with how the finish just glows.

This is the first piece where the pictures actually don’t do it justice!

Any and all comments/questions welcome.


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#1 posted 09-01-2011 02:58 PM

Very nice. A first rate piece.

-- "A goal without a plan is a wish."

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#2 posted 09-01-2011 03:02 PM

Nnice piece, and you know what went into it! There is a blog on what kind of photographer we are. LOL Your photography does not do your work justice? The pictures are quite busy visually? I almost did not stop to look at your work of art and craftsmanship. What finish did you use?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 09-01-2011 03:13 PM

This is a great piece. I’m sorry to hear it dind’t fetch what you had expected. Who ever ended up going home with this has themselves a treasure.

-- Anthony

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#4 posted 09-01-2011 03:17 PM

Thanks guys.

To clarify, usually when I take pictures I feel like I need to use specific angles or shots to hide certain flaws. But with this, I found it very difficult to capture the true color correctly. It’s much “warmer” than it looks in the picture, most likely because 1) I’m not a photographer and/or 2) because of the type of lighting used where they were holding the auction.

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#5 posted 09-01-2011 03:19 PM

@DocSavage45, the finish is the typical/traditional(?) Maloof finish. 3 coats of tung oil/BLO/varnish mixutre, followed by 3 coats of the Maloof Oil/Wax finish from Rockler.

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#6 posted 09-01-2011 03:26 PM

Thanks, I checked out your previous posting. Nice work, great information. I am an advocate/enjoyer (sp?) of studio furnitue. I am also a bit impatient. Passion and focus, while being totally involved helps? Even checked out Scott’s homepage. :)

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#7 posted 09-01-2011 04:59 PM

amazing job Mike. I dont think i could have let than one go.

-- RKWoods

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#8 posted 09-01-2011 05:27 PM

Beautiful piece! Thanks for shairng.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#9 posted 09-01-2011 06:27 PM

You have every right in the world to be proud of this…. Very nice work!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#10 posted 09-01-2011 09:05 PM

Very nice work, it turned out beautiful! I think once the word gets out there will be plenty of people driving their trucks to that auction next year.

-- Paul--- Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep. — Scott Adams

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#11 posted 09-02-2011 11:21 PM

Mike the Settee looks wonderful, I can understand the struggle to let it go. Nice choice of wood/grain, the finish looks top notch. Whats next?

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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