sculpted walnut high chair

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Project by DaytonB posted 2270 days ago 3117 views 15 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Modern/ Maloof Style high Chair in Walnut. This is the most recent incarnation of my High chair design, it’s basically the same as the others I’ve built but I’ve widened the footprint a bit to make it a little more stable. The majority of the shaping is done with a band saw, 5” grinder and Microplanes. I then sand down to about 320 and burnish with 0000 steel wool. The finish is a home brew wiping varnish (1/3 high gloss poly, 1/3 mineral spirits, 1/3 boiled linseed Oil) the tray is finished with “Tried and True” Varnish oil, it is much more food safe.,190,42942

The tray locking mechanism is my design. I have still not been able to come up with an all-wood clasp that will hold up, so I have to use a coil spring.

If you’re interested I have more pictures on my website



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Damian Penney

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#1 posted 2270 days ago

Woah! No way would I let my two year old get near that :) Beautiful.

-- 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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#2 posted 2270 days ago

I agree with Damian. I would hate to see pureed green peas sliding down a leg of such beautiful chair!

-- If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait until it's free! PJ O'Rourke

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#3 posted 2270 days ago

Truly a work of art. I wish I could shrink myself long enough to sit in it for a while. Thank you for sharing.

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

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#4 posted 2270 days ago

Another GREAT chair, i am going to have to try one of these one of these days!! great work!!!

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#5 posted 2270 days ago

Thanks Guys.
The finish seems to hold up extremely well. I took my daughter’s chair (she’s 18 months now) to a furniture show a couple months ago. It had to be washed down pretty good but it looks as good as the day I built it. I did ad another coat of finish to shine it up but I was pleasantly surprised at how good it looked. The great thing about wiping varnish’s it they are so easy to fix.

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#6 posted 2270 days ago

Beautiful job! I love the lines and the finish looks great.

-- Calgary Bill

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#7 posted 2270 days ago

A Maloof high chair, thats too much. It’s gorgeous. Damians right, you really would’nt let your kid use that? mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Dan Lyke

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#8 posted 2270 days ago

That’s full of awesome!

Wow, beautiful techniques, but the high chair notion is just over the top.

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#9 posted 2270 days ago

That’s a fantastic chair! A great adaptation!

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

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#10 posted 2270 days ago

That is one great high chair! I love the finish, beautiful!

-- Bill, Florida

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#11 posted 2270 days ago

Really nice proportions

-- Shawn, I ask in order to learn

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#12 posted 2270 days ago

Fantastic chair. I’m sure Mr. Maloof would be proud. Wood choice is tremendous and the design is perfect. I particularly like the color flow of the wood. The use of the lighter material for the back spindles accents them very nicely. Great job.

-- Chuck Bender, Senior Editor Popular Woodworking Magazine, period furniture maker, woodworking instructor

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#13 posted 2270 days ago

that wood is fantastic…i love the curves…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#14 posted 2270 days ago

Exquisite detail and design. You did a beautiful job on this chair. Thanks for posting.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#15 posted 2270 days ago

Well the first word that came to mind when I saw this project was “exquisite” but I was beat to it.

Nevertheless, it still is valid.

Simply Exquisite!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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