Maloof Style Bar Stool

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Project by mnorusis posted 982 days ago 2896 views 20 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

My latest chair, using templates from Scott Morrison, was a lot of fun to make. Next up is designing my own chair.

Like the others, this is Walnut with with the Maloof oil/varnish and oil/wax finish.


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#1 posted 982 days ago


-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#2 posted 982 days ago

I was interested in your post. A Maloof rocker is on my list. You have done a great job. Excellent joinery and a beautiful finsih. Photo number 2 with the sharp focus on the side and joinery and the blurred autumn colours in the background is a great shot.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#3 posted 982 days ago

I can only dream of making such a wonderful piece! Thanks for sharing!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#4 posted 982 days ago

I’ve added this to my favorites. Absolutely beautiful.

-- Bryan

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#5 posted 982 days ago


That barstool looks as good or better than anything that has ever come out of my workshop. I agree with the other poster, VERY nice work on the photography as well.

Excellent work and thank you for sharing.

-- Scott Morrison, Montana,

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#6 posted 982 days ago

Now that is gorgeous! Some day, I’ll get around to building a Maloof-inspired piece, but not today. Will you be making another one or two of these to line the bar with? Maybe another one in walnut, and one more in a contrasting color to stick in between the walnut pieces?

Now that you’ve built 3-Maloof-inspired pieces, I’ll be curious to watch your own design unfold, develop, and ultimately come to life. I hope you will consider blogging about it.

-- 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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#7 posted 982 days ago

Excellent work on a challenging piece. Beautiful!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#8 posted 982 days ago

Nice work a very refined bar stool ,I’m sure Sam would have loved it.

-- Custom furniture

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#9 posted 982 days ago

Wow. Big wow. I would love to attempt one of these. Great work.

-- If a tree falls in the neighbor's woods, and no one is there to hear it...can you take it home, mill it and turn it into a coffee table without your neighbor making a sound?

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#10 posted 982 days ago

Nice work. I can tell you took your time with the shaping and finish. I think Sam would like it


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#11 posted 981 days ago

That is really nice Mike, nice lines and finish looks perfect. How fine do you go on the sanding?

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#12 posted 981 days ago

Love it! Well done….

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#13 posted 981 days ago

Thanks everyone for the kind comments, it’s greatly appreciated.

@Tim: I sand to 400 grit sanding discs and then follow that with 500 and 1000 grit Abralon pads. I just can’t get Walnut to finish nicely without sanding that far. It may be something wrong with how I do the finish, I don’t know, but it’s what works for me.

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