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My Maloof lowback #5: The volume of sanding...

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Blog entry by Antti posted 04-09-2012 10:01 AM 6011 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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...will make me appreciate the end result even more. Assuming it works out.

Yesterday, I spent about 4-5 hours hand sanding and rasping the seats. First with 40 grit to get the dents etc. out of the shaped portion, which I managed to do for both seats. Then I rounded / shaped the front section with my Auriou rasps (I got two of them, purpose bought for this project – well worth the investment).

I opted for hand tools as there is not that much room for error. Attacking the seats with power tools didn’t seem like a good strategy. Sanding is mostly just “labor” and you can’t wait it to end, but when it comes to straightening out the hardline in the middle, it feels like “fine woodworking”... The rasping on the other hand feels like fine woodworking all the way through! I’m not convinced that my shape came out identical to Scott Morrison’s instructions, nor Sam Maloof’s originals, but that’s OK; I like mine just fine.

After the 40 grit overall treatment & the rasping action, I moved on to finer grits – the logic was that without the legs attached, the sanding is so much easier. The temptation to glue the legs is huge, but I know I will thank myself later. Unfortunately I had nothing between 40 and 180 grit, and being Easter I could get none. Getting the 40 grit scratches out with the 180 was hard work, and I was exhausted after the first seat. I foresee about another 4-5 hours sanding session before moving on. I plan to spend some time on getting the middle hardline as straight as possible, but you can already see that there will be a ridge – so proud…



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HalDougherty

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#1 posted 04-09-2012 10:18 AM

If the rest of your chair looks this good, it’s going to be great. All that sanding will be worth it in the final product.

-- Hal, Tennessee http://www.first285.com

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#2 posted 04-10-2012 02:44 AM

You should take a look at scraping. You would save yourselves hours and hours of sanding.

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Antti

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#3 posted 04-10-2012 04:13 AM

Thanks for feedback!
I did have a gooseneck scraper on hand, and I used it to straighten out obvious bumps etc. However, without any training in its proper use, while I get a smooth surface, I dont get straight surface (i.e. my chair became silky smooth, but bumpy using only the scraper). Maybe next chairs…

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