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Maloof Low Back Chairs #1: Rough up

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Blog entry by Dave G posted 01-18-2014 02:02 AM 870 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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The hard maple table displayed in my projects needs chairs. We have a small house and a small dining room. The chairs must slide mostly under the table out of the way. Another LJ displayed his low back chair and the idea was born!

I bought Charles Brocks plans and video. I chose hard maple to match the table. Sure it’s hard. But once you’re grinding with carbide tools and sanding to sculpt it doesn’t matter much.

I’m keeping track of my hours because I think it will be interesting to see how much faster I get by chair #6.

So the rough out is complete. I put 20 hours in so far, really just poking along. I spent several hours fighting a dull bandsaw blade. You’ll see the burn marks in the pictures.

The only real regret so far is that the 8/4 wood I got, per plan, lost 1/4 in squaring up. Now that I know how it all goes together, I didn’t really need to square it. Mr. Brock is a little OCD about “best practice” of squaring things up. Look at the finished chair. There’s nothing square anywhere except to feet of the legs.

I’ll update things after I’ve roughed the sculpting in.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff



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Bob Kassmeyer

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#1 posted 01-18-2014 03:55 AM

Dave did loosing the quarter inch really make a big difference? Looks like a good start, I don’t think I ever burned wood with a band saw before, was the blade pretty new when you started. I’ll be watching for a completed project, I’ve been thinking of doing a couple of these.

-- Bob Kassmeyer, Nebraska

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Dave G

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#2 posted 01-18-2014 12:22 PM

Missing 1/4 it’s a little hard to shape the arms to have as much taper and as much flattening as the instructions show. It’s all relative. It think this means this chair will look different than the others ones I make, if I have more material to work with on the others. I’ll probably be the only one who notices. Hopefully others learn from me.

Every so often I have a mighty struggle with the bandsaw. The blade wanders and hops off the rollers despite following all the advice that’s out there. I still have a couple of the original Grizzly blades that dull easily and those are ALWAYS involved in the problems. As soon as I put a general purpose 1/2” x 3 tpi blade from Highland life got easy again. I ought to learn from myself and toss those old Grizzlies. I like the bandsaw, not their blades.

-- Dave, New England - “We are made to persist. that's how we find out who we are.” ― Tobias Wolff

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