Maloof-inspired Dining Set

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Project by rdwile posted 203 days ago 978 views 6 times favorited 13 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have been working on this small dining set for the last year and have just completed the chairs to go with the table. While the table is pretty consistent with Scott Morrison’s design, the chairs are my own. The joinery is consistent with those of others, however, I wanted to do something different for the arms. the upswept arm treatment evokes a sense of movement to the chair – at least to my eye.

All these pieces are from a single log flitch and the colour is quite consistent throughout the pieces.

Comments and critiques as always welcome.

This has moved into its place by the window as our every day dinner table, all users are very pleased with the final product.


I’ve also included a few in progress shots.

-- Richard D. Wile,

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#1 posted 203 days ago

Very, very nice. The pedestal is so attractive “free-standing” that it is almost a shame to cover it with the table top.
Well done.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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#2 posted 203 days ago

we see so many of these posted here, we forget how much work & skill is needed to produce these beauties. Ought to be passed down for generations.

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#3 posted 203 days ago

That’s sexy.

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#4 posted 203 days ago

Beautiful work Richard. I know how much effort went into that. I saw yours minutes after I posted mine. I didn’t mean to clog the project page with lowbacks. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#5 posted 203 days ago

Good Lord. Who are you people building these things. I’m happy if I can keep my cutting board glue-ups straight and you post these “projects” that would be at home in the MOMA or Smithsonian.

Seriously though, this is an absolutely stunning dining set. I can only imagine the time involved in making these pieces, but I don’t doubt it was many hundreds of hours. It was worth it. You’ve built a multi-generation heirloom for sure.


-- Outside of a dog, a book is a man's best friend. Inside of a dog, it's too dark to read. -Groucho Marx

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#6 posted 203 days ago

Richard, great job on this set! I really like the upswept arms. I’m also really envious of that infill plane!

-- Richard, Hot Springs, Ar -- Galoot In Training

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#7 posted 202 days ago

+1 on everything Richard said. I saw that infilll in the fifth picture and had to comment on it. Things are right in world when a craftsman uses a beautiful tool like that to produce beautiful work. Well done sir!

-- Justin, Ft. Worth, TX

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#8 posted 202 days ago

Just an excellent job all the way around! I love the design on the chairs and agree the upswept arms add a lot of ‘look’.

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

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#10 posted 202 days ago

Beautiful work.

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#11 posted 202 days ago

Great work Richard. You really nailed the look of continuous, flowing lines. Great craftsmanship as well. Enjoy for many years to come.

-- Scott Morrison, Montana,

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#12 posted 202 days ago

superb job! the set has taken a lot of time and skill – you should be very proud.

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#13 posted 201 days ago

Excellent Job

-- "All you need in this life is ignorance and confidence, and then Success is sure." Mark Twain

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