Settee with marquetry inlay

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Project by DonSol posted 03-13-2016 12:33 AM 816 views 0 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was looking for some pictures to show my grandson and came across these.

The two chairs are in the Sam Maloof style of chairs using the same joinery that he developed and used on his chairs. Instead of having a separate table I made one that attaches to the underside of the two chairs. I used 3/4” flat steel and bent them to make a strap to hold the cross pieces under the seats. It is made with spalted hard maple and ebony plugs in the screw holes.

I was trying to come up with a design for an inlay to put in the table. My keys, pencil and sticky note pad was laying on the workbench. A light bulb went on and I thought “that’s it”. We were going to have an omelet for dinner and that was my list when I went to the grocery. The lettering on the pad is thin slivers of veneer.

I donated this piece to the Art Center for their CHAIRish the Arts benefit auction about ten years ago. They had open house the day before the auction so people could see the items up for bidding. Someone would stand by the chair and wait for new people to come in. Then they would start talking to them, after a few minutes they would ask the person to hand them the pencil and pad laying on the table. They said everyone they asked tried to pick it up. The set is in a huge log cabin in southern Indiana now.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#1 posted 03-13-2016 05:11 AM

don you nailed this buddy very cool,as a huge maloof fan I know sam would have gotten a big laugh watching people react to your have a great sence of wimsy in your work,well done.

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

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#2 posted 03-13-2016 09:37 AM

My God! It looks so realistic! Incredible 3D effect. It realy makes my hand to pick it up.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#3 posted 03-13-2016 04:23 PM

pottz: I was at work that day and had to work 12 hours so I missed out on all the fun. The next day at the auction it was roped off, I was there and we couldn’t play anymore jokes on people. That was about 10 years ago and every once in a while someone will start talking about it and have a good laugh.

Ivan: The shadows is what gives it the 3D effect and I even surprised myself with how it turned out. When I put the oil on it really popped.

Thank you for your compliments and I am glad you enjoyed it.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#4 posted 03-13-2016 05:40 PM

Don you had me fooled with the marquetry !
I first looked at the pictures several times to find the marquetry and thought he must have made a mistake or forgot to post the pictures of the marquetry .After I read the text I was totally amazed and the settee is a lovely Sam Maloof style with your own touch . A great piece of craftsmanship !


-- Kiefer

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#5 posted 03-13-2016 07:40 PM

That’s a nice looking piece.

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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#6 posted 03-13-2016 09:40 PM

Klaus: I thought I had more and better pictures but I could not find them, maybe someday. Thank you for your comment.

Charles: Thank you, it was an interesting piece to make.

-- Don Solomon, New Castle, IN; Quality is not an act, it is a habit. Aristotle

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#7 posted 03-20-2016 01:12 AM

The Maloof design caught my eye but I couldn’t find the inlay cause the items on the table were in the way…....Oh!

-- Common sense is so rare anymore when you do see it, it looks like pure genius.

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