last prototype - low back chair

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Project by scoot1111 posted 01-05-2013 10:14 PM 1825 views 7 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

this is the final tweak. next one, hopefully in walnut. I may put slight more curve to the back legs and back rest may be an inch taller but this is pretty much it. kudos to Mr. Sam Maloof for his inspirational life.

-- scott

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#1 posted 01-05-2013 10:25 PM

wowsa! that spalted wood makes for a super unique piece

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#2 posted 01-05-2013 10:30 PM

I would like nothing more than to sit on that chair. Very nice and well done!

-- In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.

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#3 posted 01-05-2013 11:02 PM

Sam’s not the only one inspires others,great design and build.

-- Custom furniture

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#4 posted 01-05-2013 11:16 PM

Nice work!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 01-06-2013 12:19 AM

Very handsome. I think Sam would be pleased.

-- Dwight - "Free legal advice available - contact Dewey, Cheetam & Howe""

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#6 posted 01-06-2013 01:11 AM

Great job. Definitely looking forward to the next one!

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 01-06-2013 01:48 AM

Whoa! That prototype is nice enough for my house. I’ll send my address for shipping!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#8 posted 01-06-2013 03:11 AM

It’s beautiful. The maple looks as good as any walnut.

-- Hal, Tennessee

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#9 posted 01-06-2013 01:36 PM

Man, that is a great chair. One hell of a prototype! You should be very proud. I wish I could my hands on that much spalted wood. Nicely done man!

-- Steve

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#10 posted 01-06-2013 03:58 PM

nice looking

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#11 posted 01-06-2013 06:28 PM

What a lovely chair. Can you tell us some of the things you’ve learned since you started making “prototypes”? I’ve always wanted to make a Sam Maloof style rocker.

-- What if the hokey pokey really is what it's all about?

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#12 posted 01-06-2013 09:40 PM

great looking chair. I like how you shaped the front legs at the leg seat joint.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario (

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#13 posted 01-06-2013 10:00 PM

I took a small dremel to the front legs. removed the bulk with that kutzall disc.
what did I learn?......
cutting order: on the first 3 chairs I cut the bulk of the legs out first and saved the small portion of the inside back rest for last but that made it almost impossible because I had no flat surface to be on the band saw table.

blade; it’s much easier with the finest tooth blade. always try to think ahead as much as possible to save myself extra work.

it’s ok to slow down.

I think doing 4 would be easier than one-at a time.

sam maloof developed his designs gradually but he stuck with the same ones. I read that one yesterday in a old FWW magazine when I was feeling down.

measure 10 times, cut once (for me anyway)

-- scott

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#14 posted 01-07-2013 03:34 AM

great design and really nice looking wood.

-- @mikehues on twitter

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