Maloof Side Table

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Project by TomRash posted 02-14-2011 05:33 PM 2464 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have seen all the maloof style tables on here and really wanted one. I had what I thought was the perfect board for the top on this project. The table is about 25 inches high and the top is 25×25. The top side had the the most figure but also the most sap. I think the sap looks good, but it may not be everyones cup of tea. The table is made from 5/4 cherry finished with a homemade maloof finish.

I got the project from a popular woodworking article which included templates for the legs. I scaled down the size of the table from what they had, which was originally 42 inch top.

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#1 posted 02-14-2011 05:44 PM

Hi Tom, Sam was a great artist, but he was also a very cool guy. I asked him once (at a Furniture and Machinery Supply Fair) if all of the knockoffs and copies of his work annoyed him. His answer was emphatic: ”. . .Not at all! I feel flattered…as long as they get it right!” or words to that effect.
I think he’d feel flattered by your work. The sapwood is a perfect touch, special personalization.
Thanks very much for showing. Best, Stephen

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#2 posted 02-14-2011 05:52 PM

yeah that top is awesome. nice work.

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#3 posted 02-14-2011 05:55 PM

An excellent rendition, and one to be proud of!

Seems like the board you used for the top was meant to be for this table. It’s a beautiful piece of wood.

Very nice table, very nice.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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#4 posted 02-14-2011 06:06 PM

beautiful top

-- Stelios L.A. Stavrinides: - I am not so rich to buy cheap tools, but... necessity is the mother of inventions - --

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#5 posted 02-14-2011 09:32 PM

Love the sap cherry.. beautiful work

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#6 posted 02-15-2011 02:51 AM

Very nice. The proportions are very pleasing.

-- Marc

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#8 posted 02-15-2011 05:48 AM

The top was a natural match.

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

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#9 posted 02-20-2011 07:49 AM

good stuff. the top is a great choice. Its wood, and the beauty of the wood adds to the overall appeal of the piece. great job


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