Mesquite Dining chairs,"Maloof Style"

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Project by scott shangraw posted 06-11-2008 04:19 PM 9302 views 14 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Mesquite Dining chairs, “Maloof Style”-I know I haven’t posted in a while I do get on and see what going on though.This “project”is one of the reasons I haven’t had time for any postings lately!! This was a commission for 16 dining chairs out of Mesquite to go with a 16 ft dining table in Texas.I did not make the table but it was amazing, the top was made from just two bookmatched Mesquite slabs 16 ft long about 4ft wide total.Took the guy 2 years to find a Mesquite large enough.The chairs are kind of a Maloof style but with a rustic touch.The back headrest has a natural edge top to go along with the table.The plugs are all out of Texas Ebony.This was a huge project took a lot longer than planned (Don’t they always) It took about 3 gallons of epoxy with black dye to take care of all the imperfections of the Mesquite.If you ever plan on doing anything out of this wood be prepared for a lot of waste I used about 450 bdft and I was only originally planning about 325.The hardest part about the Mesquite is having to stop what you are doing to take care of the defects and waiting for the epoxy to set up.I used Waterlox Satin as a finish doing a wiping on then off method for 5 coats (or I should say my wife did). This was my largest project untill the one I”m starting now.I have 58 a chairs in different styles to do next.Thankfully out of Walnut.I’m not complaining though I have truly been blessed this year I think I have paid my dues over the first 7 years of starting this carreer full force. This time with Mark DeCou’s Guidance I am going to try spray finishing for the first time to speed things up .Thanks for your help Mark. Thanks for looking!! Scott Shangraw

“Want to learn how to make this chair? Visit our “How to Build a Rocking Chair page for more info on chair building.
Also see other projects:

Low Back Chair
Mesquite Horn Back Chair
Mesquite “S Curve” Pedistal Table

-- Scott NM,

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#1 posted 06-11-2008 04:24 PM

Scott, your trials and tribulations of working with this wood has resulted in truly wonderful pieces. It must be hard letting something so nice go. Thanks for sharing.

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#2 posted 06-11-2008 04:30 PM

Scott, these are fantastic. I can’t even imagine taking on a project of this size and complexity.

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

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#3 posted 06-11-2008 05:09 PM

It’s a good thing I can’t see these in person. I’d be drooling all over your hard work. Excellent work.

-- Use the fence Luke

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#4 posted 06-11-2008 05:16 PM

Wow! Very nice, those are beautiful. I can’t wait to see some of the new chairs you will be making.

-- Glenn, New Mexico

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#5 posted 06-11-2008 05:27 PM

An amazing job, Scott! Having done a Maloof style rocker, I know the work that goes into making these chairs.

Bill, Calgary

-- Calgary Bill

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#6 posted 06-11-2008 05:50 PM

Scott-they are wonderful. Now that you have the technique down, you can mass produce them and sell them to Wal-Mart. Just think, a Shangraw chair in every Wal-mart. Wow, you would be famous.

You did a terriffic job, and I know what you mean about working with mesquite, but it is such a pretty wood, and mills and sands great, you just have to deal with the defects. I always said that there is no “perfect” wood in which to build with, all seem to have a character flaw. But mesquite is one of my top two woods.
Thanks for posting the pics and look forward to seeing the new chairs.

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#7 posted 06-11-2008 05:56 PM

Great looking chair, and the table is beautiful piece to be inspire by. Does it go faster after the first chair? Did you use templates? Were they done one at a time or as a batch?

-- Zipsss

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#8 posted 06-11-2008 06:08 PM

Beautiful just beautiful, truly a work of art.

-- Mike, Bruce Mississippi = Jack of many trades master of none

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#9 posted 06-11-2008 08:55 PM

Gorgeous looking table and chairs. Amazing job you did and the one you are about to do. If you have Marks help you should’nt have to worry. mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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#10 posted 06-11-2008 10:04 PM

Awesome work Scott! I love the finish on the chairs. I’m going to try the same on my next mesquite piece. Poly darkens too much. And the slabs for the table! Its hard to find slabs half that length. What kind of voids did he have to deal with on the table?

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#11 posted 06-11-2008 10:31 PM

that is an amazing table but you scott have made some chairs more than worthy to stand (or sit?) in its presence. those are some wonderful chairs. i agree with you on how things always take more time, on my latest commission i thought about 3 hours per picture frame but it took me more like 4 but for me thats only a 20 dollar difference in all so its not to bad. keep up the great work and i look forward for some more posts!!!!!

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#12 posted 06-11-2008 10:31 PM

I love them. Really

-- Kip Northern Illinois ( If you don't know where your goin any road will take you there) George Harrison

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#14 posted 06-12-2008 02:30 AM

Excellent work Scott!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#15 posted 06-12-2008 04:15 AM



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