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Oiling my Maloof dining chair

Today was a sanding marathon. I spent about 10 hours hand sanding all of the little details on the Maloof chair I recently made. It seems like no matter how long you work to redefine each and every curve there is always something that could be perfected further. I finally caved in and the notion of getting oil on the chair won over.

Here is the shop supervisor giving it his final inspection.

I am certainly happy to have completed this chair. I would like to make a few more but need to take a break from sculpting wood and move back into joinery for a while. The grace and curvature of this chair certainly make it a rewarding project.



9 Responses to “Oiling my Maloof dining chair”

  1. As I suspected, the chair turned out beautiful! The mesquite looks awesome with the oil on it.

  2. Stunningly beautiful. And fine-looking bench dog.


  3. Sam-

    That chair looks awesome. What type of finish will you use and when will it be ready to test out?

    • It is ready to test out now. I am applying the same finish that Sam Maloof used. It is a three part mixture of Tung oil, Boiled Linseed Oil and Varnish. For the Varnish, I am using Waterlox High Gloss Finish.


  4. What is something like that going to run, price wise. Amazing chair!

    • Bruce,

      I will not be building this exact chair for profit, only for family and friends. It is too closely modeled after the Maloof low-back dining chair. They should be the only ones profiting from this magnificent design. While I have no godly idea of cost, I am guessing the chairs are in the $10,000 to $15,000 range. You can contact for more information. I will be designing my own original chairs in the future using similar joinery and a flowing sculptural focus.

      Thanks for the comment

  5. That is beautiful! Somewhere I’m sure Sam is proud of you.

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