Furniture #23: Maloof Medium Chair continues I got the timber!

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 03-11-2017 08:06 AM 3153 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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OK I am back, I left off with the activity needing some more Walnut to continue with the chairs.

I rang Degoose and he invited me to come see him, adding he didnt have any Walnut but we could go see his fellow woodworker Trevor Gaskill afterwards.

Lots of exciting things are happening at Lazy larrys Wood Works, so if Larry is a buddy you may want to give him a call to get the good goss.

Anyway Larry showed me some New Guinea Rosewood pieces he had which were exactly what I needed.

He had two lengths about 3m and as NGR is a good furniture wood each I took both, then with a little arm twisting I also loaded up about half a ute load of timber mostly NGR.

I was starting to run out of loot so bidded Larry farewell and I headed home with my new found booty.

So a redesign on the chairs came about instead of Walnut legs and back, the prefered timber of Sam, I decided to make all the legs and back from NGR.

Today saw quite a lot of progress.

The legs were roughed out the joints prepared and fitup of chair No1 progressed to a stage where now I need to pay attention to fine tuning the precision fitting of the components.

It has been some years since I made the first Maloof style kids chairs and with a complete dimensional change came some confusion as to how to go about the bigger joints.

I sent Paul Lemiski a PM asking his advice on what he does, Paul was most helpful and replied he was using 3 to 4 inch joints, Wow! way bigger then I needed, so I watched his video presentation on the plans he sells.
His presentation is well worth the 26 minutes if you are considering building full size furniture.

A little different to what I am doing but never the less still very informative.

I again made the same mistake as last time and bandsawed the legs before finishing the joints first, only this time I made a box jig to overcome my senility.

It wasnt that easy either, I had to make block spacer jigs to support the legs so I could cut everything exactly.

Ploding away I managed to get everything done, even if it was the hard way

Got all the component joints finished.

Then started with the tuneing of the joints to get precision fitting of everything.

I got to this stage before the light started to beat me, plus I thought I heard a beer calling!

Packing up for the day I took a final shot with one of the Maloof Kids chairs I still had, simply to show the differences in size.

More to follow.

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 03-11-2017 10:17 AM

Rob, I always enjoy your projects. Thanks for sharing. We’re off on another of your wood adventures.

-- Big Al in IN

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#2 posted 03-11-2017 04:45 PM

Wow! A very healthy sitting apparatus.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 03-11-2017 09:54 PM

Looking good!

Glad to hear that Larry is doing good…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#4 posted 03-12-2017 01:19 AM

lovin this rob doing a maloof style rocker myself so I’m watchin what your doin bucket list project.using Charles brocks plans and templates,very nice dvd’ following your woodworking journeys.

-- working with my hands is a joy,it gives me a sense of fulfillment,somthing so many seek and so few find.-SAM MALOOF.

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#5 posted 03-12-2017 05:54 AM

Thanks everybody for all the comments, I took heaps of photos so if there is a part you are particularly interested in and I didnt show enough detail just ask and I will provide.

-- Regards Rob

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