A place for me to display some of the varied projects that come out of my shop, as well as to "talk" about some of my experiences working with wood.

Tuesday, 24 September 2013

Maloof table finds Loving Home

The table is finally complete, 7-8 coats of Deft danish Oil and its ready to move into its long-term resting place.

Finished table gleaming in morning sunlight.
This spot is under our back window which looks out onto the backyard where LOML and myself sit down to eat and talk about our day. A few pictures and an update on the chairs.

Closeup of the base showing the ingenious joinery,
Maloof was inspired by tree roots in the original design.

Another angle showing entire base.

A couple more construction shots which did not make the cut before:

A complicated glue-up for the legs, the dowels inside keep everything aligned.

Cleaning up the groove in the centre post with the router to ensure joint line disappears.
This is what makes the base look like one piece when it is done.

And where am I with the chairs for this table? I had a lot of head scratching to do in order to come up with my final design for the chairs and I am still not there. Building the chairs is the easy part, turning them into a gorgeous flowing piece of art takes the time. I am almost there. Lots of time was spent shaping the transitions of the joints and finding a way to join these elements to one another. I took advantage of the nice weather over the weekend to do some carving outside; both to deal with the dust and the oblique lighting helps the refinement process.

Three-quarter view

Side view showing my unique arm treatment - almost there!!


  1. Outstanding work.You are a real craftsman.

  2. Hi Rich. very nice work there, and the finish looks very good too. I'm after the same style of furniture. what's the joinery for the legs of the Maloof style dining table ? standard mortice and tenon, or loose large tenon ? could post some pictures of the joinery process ? kind regards from Tahiti

    1. djeka, Thanks for the kind words; by the leg joint I am assuming you mean the foot, this is reinforced with 1/2" dowels about 4" long, if I were making this today I would use a Domino instead of the dowel. The previous post to this one shows the joinery details for the centre section. Good Luck!!