Furniture #5: Maloof Stool (the real one) makes Progress

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 08-19-2014 05:43 AM 1199 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Today I decided to progress the “real” Maloof stool I began in June.

I started off doing the rear legs however I must have had some sort of lapse of the brain as I cut the legs out on the bandsaw first, why I did it who knows I had already made a prototype as well!

So after I realised the monumental error of having no datum surfaces to work with I had to Double Side Tape them and the off cuts back together again temporarly.

A vist to the sander returned a level working surface again Phew Saved!!

So I then set to work cutting the resesses and grooves for the seat attachment

This went reasonably well and needless to say the seat or base was progressed concurrently,
This provided exact mating surfces to they could be constantly checked for fit as I progressed.

The rear legs rebate (under way)

Here is the seat and rear legs as they are dry fitted

The rear view

The left view

The right view

Then it was on to the front legs

This time I did all the joint work first and then bandsawed the profiles !!

I regretted having different length wings on the sides as it made duplication difficult and quite nerve wracking to ensure I didnt miss cut any thing.

I was almost finished and I screwed up again!

This time I had just enough material to allow me to cut off the incorrect rebated joint and start over…. plucked it again !!

I used Double Sided Tape and replicated all the original cuts from the good leg. Take a look at the top and there is an odd radius, its the remains of my re work, I only just had enough material to pull this move off and it will get profiled out at the finishing stage.

Then bandsawed the rough profile

Again I used the seat to precisely match the corresponding joints as I went.

With that done it was time to profile the seat edge features and fit it all together for a dry fit up test

The stool in its raw form

The back will be the next stage and profiling the seat area.

It took me all day toget to this stage so I called it quits for the afternoon.

-- Regards Robert

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David Dean

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#1 posted 08-19-2014 05:51 AM

nice work there.

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#2 posted 08-19-2014 06:22 AM

Tricky joints.

-- Big Al in IN

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#3 posted 08-19-2014 08:12 AM

Looks good Robert. Interesting build.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#4 posted 08-19-2014 08:21 AM

Oh no! I just realised the profile at the front is reversed !! another screw up is that what you mean by an interesting build?

And I had the prototype on the ground next to me as well!!

-- Regards Robert

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#5 posted 08-19-2014 06:59 PM


You had already posted this when I was replied to your PM!

Looks really GOOD!

In just looking at it… I think the tenon thickness on the Seat going into the legs, should be THICKER than what you’re using… BUT, it looks OK… and after you get it ‘sculptured’ it will be hardly noticeable.

Looks very close to the Dining Chairs I have ‘in process’ (slow process)... except mine have Arms… other than that, very close to the SAME thing!

Thank you for posting… Looking forward to seeing more of it…

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#6 posted 08-19-2014 11:13 PM


I can only agree no sooner had I cut the seat base I realised the 1/3 rule had been broken and they were cosmetically too thin!

-- Regards Robert

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