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Project by garrett posted 1368 days ago 3401 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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Woodwrecker

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#1 posted 1368 days ago

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

-- Three Rules of Work: Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity. Albert Einstein

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schloemoe

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#2 posted 1368 days ago

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

-- schloemoe, Oregon , http://www. woodrehab.blogspot.com

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#3 posted 1368 days ago

Nice work well done

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Woodenwizard

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#4 posted 1368 days ago

WOW! Nicely done.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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Loucarb

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#5 posted 1368 days ago

Beautiful chair & excellent craftsmanship.

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jayjay

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#6 posted 1368 days ago

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

Jason

-- ~Jason~ , Albuquerque NM

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mtnwild

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#7 posted 1368 days ago

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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Dan Hux

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#8 posted 1368 days ago

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

-- Dan Hux,,,,Raleigh, NC http://whitdaniel.com

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Armand

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#9 posted 1368 days ago

wow…awesome beauty.

-- My Master is Mankind's Greatest Carpenter.

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donjoe

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#10 posted 1368 days ago

Great craftsmanship. Very well done.

-- Donnie-- listen to the wood.

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Triumph1

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#11 posted 1368 days ago

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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stefang

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#12 posted 1368 days ago

Great work Garrett and nicely done.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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michelletwo

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#13 posted 1368 days ago

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

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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Maveric777

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#14 posted 1368 days ago

Outstanding work Garrett! Beautiful piece bud….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#15 posted 1368 days ago

Such an exquisite and enduring design.

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

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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