Furniture #4: Maloof Stool Final construction and initial sanding complete

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 07-14-2014 01:13 AM 1994 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I have completed the prototype stool,

I just finished 4 hours sanding attaching the back and tidying up

Here is the raw product, currently sanded to 320 Grit, it still has a few dings to remove but overall construction is finished

Now I need to answer a couple of questions from the last blog
The sculpturing of the seat was done using a Arbortech Turbo planer

How I did it was:

I marked out a general shape and then removed a strip from each side straight down the centers.
Then profiled/dished it back to the edge and into the center section.

Took me all of five minutes, I didnt take and pickies at the time but will do so on my final chair.


Its only a little kids chair/stool here are some pictorial dimensions.

Now the joints which what its all about, did they work out? well almost

Here are some close ups to cast a critical eye over.

First up the almost good ones

And the not so good ones
This one was a direct result of me screwing up on the table saw, hence the shim added in.

This one would have been OK had I checked to see if it had seated correctly, the dark band is actually glue.

I will continue on and do the final finishing then post it as a project so thats all from me for now.


I have one more real chair to make and I will direct my attention to “other” projects away from furniture, it was fun and i enjoyed learning about Sam’s career in furniture making. Just out of interest I saw one of his Rockers had just sold recently some where, Correction:
Highlighting the April sale was a striking group of design from the 1970s and 1980s. Among the items on offer was a walnut and ebony rocking chair, dated 1986, by renowned studio craftsman, Sam Maloof. The iconic piece was estimated to bring $30,000-50,000 and sold for $80,500, a new world auction record for a Maloof rocking chair.

Looking at his work you can understand why!....I wonder who got the loot?

-- Regards Rob

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#1 posted 07-14-2014 02:44 AM

great job.

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#2 posted 07-14-2014 09:52 AM

This was a great first Robert. I hope you will continue making chairs as you seem to have a talent for it. Your blog made it look doable for those of us who shy away from chair making.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 07-14-2014 11:29 AM

Really smooooooth looking chair.

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

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#4 posted 07-14-2014 11:34 AM

You got it Man.
That came together quite nicely. Looks pretty neat.

Thanks for the seat update. Guess I need to get a grinder thingy.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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