Low Back Chair in Butternut

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Project by tim0001 posted 03-24-2016 04:21 PM 1529 views 4 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This Maloof style chair is similar to a yesterday’s post only in butternut instead of walnut. I much prefer the walnut but I had some butternut and decided to use it up. (I think its butternut?) This chair shows the square cut (or diamond) shape ebony plugs used in the back rest and leg joinery to reply to questions yesterday. These were cut with a mortise chisel before assembly. These chairs are remarkable comfortable on the low back, especially if you have back issues like I do. A few minutes of rocking against the back rest does wonders for a sore back. I keep this one in my shop when I need a break on the back.
Most of the shaping is done with a grinder with aggressive cutting wheel than with a 24 grit wheel, 60 grit wheel, rasp, files, and then sanding as usual up to 400 grit. I applied the first coats of oil with steel wool to pull out all dust and finished with buffing and wax. The feel is smooth as silk.
Again – thanks for taking a look and have a great day!

-- TimV

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#1 posted 03-24-2016 05:11 PM

another amazing job on this,i really love that butternut,beautiful grain.this is just all around a 5 star piece.

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

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#2 posted 03-24-2016 05:52 PM

Cool chair ,another fine piece to add to your collection of outstanding projects.

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#3 posted 03-24-2016 06:08 PM


-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#4 posted 03-24-2016 06:52 PM

This is really a great chair.


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#5 posted 03-24-2016 08:28 PM

Beautiful, was the first thing that went thought my mind.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#6 posted 03-24-2016 11:31 PM

That’s a beautiful design, and I am sure you’re right about the ergonomics of the low back. Thanks for posting, great inspiration!


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#7 posted 03-25-2016 12:38 PM

I really do like this chair. It’s beautiful and so nicely done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#8 posted 03-25-2016 01:27 PM

beautiful love butternut

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#9 posted 03-25-2016 03:14 PM

hello, what is the best wood for making chairs such as this??

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#10 posted 03-25-2016 04:41 PM

Nice curves, great grain, beautiful chair!

-- Dave, York, PA, Wildside Woodworking

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#11 posted 03-25-2016 07:13 PM

What is the time you have spent?

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life shouldn't be a draft copy.....

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#12 posted 03-25-2016 08:15 PM

Awesome! Like the beautiful organic curves and the wood is very nice as well. Must have been fiendishly difficult to construct. Really well done, congratulations!

-- Bernard Delaey, Belgium -

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#13 posted 03-26-2016 01:40 AM

I admire any one that attempts to build a chair, especially one this fantastic. All the angles, shaping etc is a real challenge. Well done

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#14 posted 03-26-2016 09:44 AM

Incredible design. I like those black squared dovels.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#15 posted 03-26-2016 10:20 AM

Looks great!

-- Dreaming patterns

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