Maloof Lounge Chair, deconstructing design and building one


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Went to the upholstery shop today and it was a happy day for me. Very pleased with how it came out, but there are a few tweaks I'd likely do, I touch on those at the end. First the good stuff. My upho

This chair is headed out the door to the upholstery guy this week. All the shaping and sanding is done and the finish has been applied. One new wrinkle I've added to my sanding which has really helped

Moving ahead and I'm really pleased with the progress. Completed the front leg joints. I left them bulky to have flat surfaces for the routing, after the routing I placed my pattern over the leg and s

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I like the way you say “we” when you perform a function. Makes me fell like I’m there and part of it. However, if you make a mistake, try to remember to make it singular. :D

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7 hours ago, Coop said:

I like the way you say “we” when you perform a function. Makes me fell like I’m there and part of it. However, if you make a mistake, try to remember to make it singular. :D

Glad it makes you feel included Coop, but I was under the asumption you were building one along with me!

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Bmac, you’re the pro and I’m merely an observer but, the back legs in the last pic sure look fragile. I’m sure the thickness is what you’re depending on? This is definately a question and not a critique. 

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Well I think your observation is spot on for that pic, but I think that pic is a little deceiving. They are still 2" wide. I'll reduce the width to about 1.5" and won't change them thickness wise much if at all. I think the finally dimension of those back legs at the tip will be 1.5" x 1", I'm ok with that. For example I turned the front legs to 1.25" at the base. We'll see but I appreciate the observation.

Maybe I should put a max weight sign on the chair!

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Yes sir, I think you have substantial. I think you could have close encounters in that chair without a problem! :D. A Woodworking friend called yesterday after watching a Popular Woodworking video or something similar, on the Maloof rocker and asked if I watched it. I told him no, as we have Bmac. I had to explain. 

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16 hours ago, Bmac said:

Need to talk with my guy on how far down on the frame to place the strips. Here I'm trying one in;

My opinion is have the upholstery frame sit only 1/4" at most below the frame. It's not very comfortable when the cushion compresses and you feel the hard wooden edge on the back of your leg.  This is going to depend on the thickness of the upholstery though. The nice part is if you install it lower you can always shim the upholstery frame up but you can't really shim it down.

I've shimmed up the upholstery frame on my Morris chairs already to get a better fit than i originally built.

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Emailed with my upholstery guy and he wants it down about 1/2". He said he'll be using webbing and flexible backing for the seat cushion. 

You're right, you can always shim it up.

 

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I haven't spoken to the upholstery guy yet, but I'm thinking I will try to replicate the look of the original. Of course I'm open to suggestions though. 

What do people think? I don't think leather would look good, but I could be wrong. I'm partial to blue, but I like a green tone more when paired walnut. Anyone have an opinion?

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You can get colored leather, some of the aniline dyed leather is quite color fast and should hold it's color well over time. My thought is that fabric is the better choice, though this would probably depend on the surroundings. The style and era of furniture is well suited to a fabric.

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Thanks guys for reaffirming my thoughts. I actually really like the fabric that is on the one I'm copying, it also should fit into our color scheme. I esp like there is a hint of blue in the fabric.

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On 1/14/2020 at 3:40 AM, Bmac said:

Thanks guys for reaffirming my thoughts. I actually really like the fabric that is on the one I'm copying, it also should fit into our color scheme. I esp like there is a hint of blue in the fabric.

After having it on my Morris chair for a month I think you should give mohair a look.  Its not like back in the day were the choices were gray and gray, now there are quite a large number of colors... and after looking at a lot of them I went with gray but they did have some nice blues.

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