How to glue up a Maloof seat?

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Forum topic by Jeff Waggoner posted 01-22-2013 10:04 PM 1296 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Jeff Waggoner

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01-22-2013 10:04 PM

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Jalen is gluing up the seat on his Maloof chair but when we clamped the prototype it created gaps as we clamped the sides with the 3 degree angle on sides of the boards. We clamped it to the workbench and fixed most of it but it seems there may be a better way.

Charles Brooks talks about a clamping jig he uses but I can’t find any details on it. The second time we made maple runners for it to set on and them cut shims the height of the offset between the two outside boards and the middle board. We then clamped them down before applying a lot of pressure from the side.

This worked better but I am not sure this is the best solution. Does anyone have any suggestions on a better way to do this?

-- Jeff Waggoner,

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#1 posted 01-22-2013 10:22 PM

I suggest using a frame of some sort that allows you
to have bar clamps on the bottom as well.

An elevated thing made of 2×4s should work.

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#2 posted 01-23-2013 12:14 AM

I have seen pinch dogs used for that type of a glue up.
Hal Taylor uses them to glue up the curved back rest on his rockers.
I have never used them though.

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#3 posted 01-23-2013 11:29 AM

Turn the seat upside down, the two outer members should be flat to the bench once the seat is turned upside down, then use the same set up as you used on your last picture.

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