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Project by DaytonB posted 2315 days ago 5386 views 8 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s another Maloof inspired (attempted replica) Settee in Walnut. As you can see it’s basically the same as the Arm chairs I’ve posted here in the past. It’s a fun project and not too hard once you get the dimensions and templates worked out. I used the “Sam Maloof” slot and round-over bits from Woodline USA www.woodline.com. This was the first time I used well matched bits to create these joints and let me tell you, it was much easier. The bits I used before were close but not perfect so I would spend a couple hrs sanding and refitting the legs to get them to fit correctly. Now its just route and fit, Brilliant!

If anyone has questions about building your own or buying mine please ask, I’m happy to help in anyway.

Thanks
Dayton Brown

www.daytonwooddesign.com





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Chris

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#1 posted 2315 days ago

Wow, truly inspiring work Dayton.

How well does it sit? It sure looks comfortable.

How much time went into it?

-- "Everything that is great and inspiring is created by the individual who labors in freedom" -- Albert Einstein

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Damian Penney

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#2 posted 2315 days ago

Love it :)

-- I am always doing that which I can not do, in order that I may learn how to do it. - Pablo Picasso

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DaytonB

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#3 posted 2315 days ago

Thanks guys
Chris, It took about 2 weeks, give or take a couple days, in the evenings and weekends. I’m getting faster all the time, and this style is not too bad, no spindles and not too many joints to sculpt

it sets great, at least it fits my bottom well, while I’m sculpting the bottom I set in it over an over again until I get rid of all the “hard” spots, I haven’t had any complaints about it being uncomfortable, most people say they feels like an upholstered chair

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Kerry

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#4 posted 2315 days ago

I’m sure Mr. Maloof would be proud. Is there any support under the middle of the seat on these? It looks like it might flex quite a bit.

So, do you get $25k+ for yours too?? LOL

Cheers, and very nicely done,
Kerry

-- Alberta, Canada

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John

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#5 posted 2315 days ago

Beautiful work. Do you shape the pieces on the band saw like Mr. Maloof or have you found a safer method?

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Callum Kendall

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#6 posted 2315 days ago

Nice work!

Thanks for the post

Callum

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CharlieM1958

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#7 posted 2315 days ago

Absolutely beautiful!

I second Kerry’s question, though. The thing sure looks like it would need another set of legs in the middle.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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trifern

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#8 posted 2315 days ago

Gorgeous settee. I love the “carved” details.

-- My favorite piece is my last one, my best piece is my next one.

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Les Hastings

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#9 posted 2315 days ago

Excellent work Dayton!

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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GaryK

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#10 posted 2315 days ago

That’s great. I love the flowing form.

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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Woodbender

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#11 posted 2315 days ago

“[i](attempted replica)[/i]” C’mon you’re being a little disingenuous. That is mighty fine work there and you are bound to know it. great job!

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DaytonB

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#12 posted 2315 days ago

it has some flex but seems to be plenty strong, next time around I will leave a little more wood in the seat. that beeing said I’ve had two 250lb + people in it at the same time with no issues at all. the design lends itself to a fair amount of flex with no joint problems. in any case this is the prototype and it’s mine so if there is ever a problem Ill just throw it away and build another : )

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Scott Bryan

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#13 posted 2315 days ago

This is a wonderful design. You have executed a good build on this project.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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DaytonB

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#14 posted 2315 days ago

John,
I do use a bandsaw as much as I can. I’m no where near as proficient as Sam so I use 5” and 9” grinders with several different attachments and Micro-planes to get the shape right.
When “free handing” with the bandsaw I’ve found that the main thing you need is good table contact with the piece, but as long as you keep your fingers away from the blade the only problems you may have are the blade catching and slamming the board down, which could smash a finger, or binding the blade enough to break it I haven’t broken any blades yet but I think I’ve put a bit a kink in one or two.

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Bradford

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#15 posted 2315 days ago

That is a really nice settee. I love the flow of the lines.

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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