Maloof-Style Lowback Chair

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Project by garrett posted 07-20-2010 12:56 AM 4367 views 4 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last summer I saw a picture of Maloof’s lowback chair on the web and decided I had to build one. Coincidentally, Palomar College in San Marcos, CA was offering a course in prototype chairmaking with the Maloof lowback as the example. The course was very helpful and included some templates of the legs, seat and crest rail. Unfortunately, the templates all had to be modified as I sized it to fit my wife, so it’s HER chair. I downsized it about 18%. She, and others her size, claim it’s very comfortable. The wood is claro walnut, locally grown from the Sacramento urban forest. Finish is Liberon oil and Black Bison paste wax. A fun project and my first chair.

Next I’ll have to make one for me.

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Eric in Florida.

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#1 posted 07-20-2010 01:06 AM

Beautiful work.
Top notch craftsmanship!
Thanks for posting it.

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#2 posted 07-20-2010 01:06 AM

Beautiful chair nice nice nice…............................Schloemoe

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www.

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#3 posted 07-20-2010 01:08 AM

Nice work well done

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 07-20-2010 01:42 AM

WOW! Nicely done.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#5 posted 07-20-2010 02:14 AM

Beautiful chair & excellent craftsmanship.

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#6 posted 07-20-2010 02:16 AM

That’s incredible work. I wouldn’t even know where to start on a project like that.


-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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#7 posted 07-20-2010 02:17 AM

Beautiful!! Chocolate chair, so rich looking. Yummy…............

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#8 posted 07-20-2010 03:02 AM

are sure you’re gonna let someone sit in it? very nice…

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC

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#9 posted 07-20-2010 03:12 AM

wow…awesome beauty.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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#10 posted 07-20-2010 03:53 AM

Great craftsmanship. Very well done.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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#11 posted 07-20-2010 04:20 AM

absolutely stunning. I love a great Maloof chair. Beautiful job on this…and extremely beautiful claro!

-- Jeff , Illinois Please...can I stay in the basement a little longer, please!

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#12 posted 07-20-2010 11:46 AM

Great work Garrett and nicely done.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 07-20-2010 01:32 PM

we forget what an achievemnet this is, as we have seen many of this design..a super job getting it reduced in size, without losing the original look. SUPERB

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#14 posted 07-20-2010 02:18 PM

Outstanding work Garrett! Beautiful piece bud….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#15 posted 07-20-2010 02:28 PM

Such an exquisite and enduring design.

Well executed, I would be parading that all over town.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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