First Chair -Maloofish

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Project by jap posted 491 days ago 1132 views 3 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I’ve always wanted to build a maloof style rocking chair. I’ve never built a chair before though, so i decided to build this practice chair from scrap wood (i think it is mahogany). Instead of using screws in the Maloof joint, i used 1/4” dowels. I scooped the seat using Charles Neil’s method on the table saw: then I used bench chisels, spokeshave, block plane, card scrapers, and a random orbit sander to smooth out the seat. It is not quite as smooth as i would like, but good enough. I built this chair without a bandsaw (which i will get soon, hopefully). the legs were all tapered on the table saw and the curves on the jig saw. I have learned from this chair that a Maloof rocking chair isn’t such a far fetched dream! The chair is very sturdy, even without any stretchers. I can tip the chair back on it’s rear legs while seated in it, and it doesn’t budge.

-- Joel

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Monte Pittman

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#1 posted 491 days ago

Very beautiful. I need to work on chairs.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#2 posted 491 days ago

Hey, that is a nice looking chair. Your joints look real good and you are right they are rock solid. Chairs take a lot of work but they are worth it. I also used the table saw method for my first sculpted seat but since have gone to just using the grinding. Once you make a few seats you really do get the hang of it. Go for the Maloof rocker build. I can tell you it is a great sense of satisfaction when you complete it!

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 491 days ago

That is a beautiful chair. Now you have a JAP chair that everyone will want to copy!!

Nice job on it.

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 491 days ago

Thanks for the compliments.

Peter, i do intend to get a grinder.

-- Joel

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#5 posted 491 days ago

Nice work.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 491 days ago

Nice chair. Maloofish? Is that new woodworking term you have coined? I can see that.

-- Makin' Sawdust!!!

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#7 posted 491 days ago

Very nicely done and a fine looking chair.

-- John C. -- "Firearms are second only to the Constitution in importance; they are the peoples' liberty's teeth." George Washington

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#8 posted 491 days ago

Very nice. I believe you will be able to make whatever you put your mind to. Can’t wait to see your rockingchair.

-- Kelly, Allen,KS

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#9 posted 491 days ago

Very nice. I will be looking forward to the rocker build as well

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#10 posted 491 days ago

Nice built! That is seriously awesome piece of art you have created! Great job.

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#11 posted 491 days ago

Very nice chair congratulation

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#12 posted 490 days ago

I just love that joint. And you have done it justice.
I think the dowels look great.

(You deserve a bandsaw.)


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 490 days ago

Nice chair. All you need is arm rests and the rockers and you have your rocking chair. Did you use plans?

-- Rod, Miami

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#14 posted 490 days ago

Great looking chair—especially for your first one! Great design, and I love mahogany!

Looking forward to your next one!

-- Dean

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#15 posted 490 days ago

Rod- I did not use a design. But i did look at many pictures of maloof low back chair and other chairs before i built this.

-- Joel

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