Maloof/Nakashima inspired settee.

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Project by Vic Vanderkooi posted 02-29-2016 12:21 AM 965 views 5 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a bucket list project. I wanted to blend the two styles that inspire me. Sam Maloof and George Nakashima. The famous Maloof joint and the use of less than perfect wood and live edge I believe makes this project a success. I didn’t have any plans other than a sketch I did myself. Plans would have saved me a week or so of sanding and carving but pushing my own boundaries to see if I was able was all part of the project. My next one will be from plans I think. I used a single slab of 8/4 white oak my dad had milled last year. It was rift sawn so there is some beautiful tiger striping throughout the piece. I finished it with dark brown Bri wax.

-- Vic (The Silent Woodworker)

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#1 posted 02-29-2016 12:26 AM

That’s one great Idea but difficult to pull off ,a very unique and wonderful bench.

-- Custom furniture

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#2 posted 02-29-2016 12:45 AM

Very nice looking bench! Very unique, and has a lot of character!

-- Dean

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#3 posted 02-29-2016 01:03 AM

Nice, well done.

-- Brian Noel

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#4 posted 02-29-2016 02:02 AM

Neat project love the Maloof style.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#5 posted 02-29-2016 02:14 AM

Best+Best+ your craftsmanship = The bestest.
Beautiful work

-- wood maestro....... Be Well, Do good work, and Stay in touch

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#6 posted 02-29-2016 09:26 AM

Very, very nice!

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#7 posted 02-29-2016 10:30 AM

I can tell you did a nice job because looking at it makes me want to stop over and sit on it!
Mission accomplished!

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#10 posted 02-29-2016 03:15 PM

Nicely done!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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#11 posted 02-29-2016 03:53 PM

big fan of mallof and nakashima myself so two thumbs up on the one,great job.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#12 posted 02-29-2016 06:44 PM

This is a beautiful bench and it really is a great accent for that spot in the garden.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#13 posted 02-29-2016 07:19 PM

Vic – WOW man! That is gorgeous! Awesome job!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#14 posted 03-03-2016 02:14 PM

What a gorgeous combination. Fantastic.

-- Bob, --Silence & smile are two powerful tools. Smile is the way to solve many problems & Silence is the way to avoid many problems.

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