Maloof Inspired Low Back Chair

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Project by Jeff Waggoner posted 01-16-2014 08:42 PM 3639 views 9 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Jalen built this chair for a school project last year. He was 15 years old at the time. This is his second project. His first was a Blacker House Arm Chair.

Jalen plans to enter it in the Project Showcase at the Indianapolis woodworking show tomorrow.

He built a prototype first since he had never tried something like this before.

All of the wood used was bought at an auction for a lumber company that went out of business. It cost $5 and we used about half of it so we have about $2.50 in wood

He used a Festool RAS to scoop the seat.

More work in progress pictures here.

I think one of the coolest things about woodworking is all of the great people we have had the privilege to meet. Jalen has been able to show his chairs to many of his heroes in woodworking. They have given him a lot of great advice.

Sorry for so many pictures. Its been a great year.

-- Jeff Waggoner,

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#1 posted 01-16-2014 08:52 PM

That’s an awesome looking chair. Keep up the good work.

-- Bailey Indiana

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#2 posted 01-16-2014 10:17 PM

Wow. Today I became very envious of a teenager. Fine work.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#3 posted 01-16-2014 10:21 PM

Great design. Very impressive!

-- "Yer young, you got yer health, what do you want with a JOB?"

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#4 posted 01-16-2014 10:29 PM

beautiful work, quite a talent, along with the who’s who of the woodworking world!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#5 posted 01-16-2014 10:31 PM

Wow great looking chair, beautiful wood excellent joinery and sculpting of the chair….awesome work.

-- Dave.......If at first you don’t succeed redefine success....

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#6 posted 01-16-2014 10:49 PM

Excellent work DON”T STOP

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#7 posted 01-16-2014 11:20 PM

Very nice Jalen.


-- - Terry

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#8 posted 01-16-2014 11:53 PM

What great work at such a young age. Keep up the good work. It is great you had an opportunity to meet some of the great woodworkers of our time. Congratulations on the build; excellent craftsmanship, Jalen.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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Jeff Waggoner

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#9 posted 01-17-2014 12:59 AM

Thanks everyone. I can’t tell you what a huge inspiration it is for him to meeting so many great woodworkers and talk to them one on one.

-- Jeff Waggoner,

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#10 posted 01-17-2014 01:46 AM

Holy cow. A very bright future ahead. Beautiful.

-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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#11 posted 01-17-2014 01:52 AM

Extremely impressive.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#12 posted 01-17-2014 03:07 AM

Very nice, keep up the great work.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#13 posted 01-17-2014 03:38 AM


-- Dana, Indiana,

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#14 posted 01-17-2014 04:00 PM

That’s some outstanding parenting right there. Hope my boys turn out as well as yours has!

-- "Those who are not dissatisfied will never make any progress" - Dr. Shigeo Shingo

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#15 posted 01-17-2014 06:02 PM

Excellent work indeed. Now you just need 3-5 more, and you’ll have to build a dining table to go along with ‘em. :)

-- Do not taunt Happy Fun Ball.

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