How To Make A Maloof Joint
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The Classic Maloof Joint and Hal Taylor's Modification Sam Maloof is a midcentury craftsman most famously known for his sculptural chairs.This is evident in the rounded corners, molded seats, and curved arms and backrests.
His joinery also embodied this sculptural motif.I recently took a trip to Iowa to build a Maloof inspired sculpted rocker with my mentor, Tim Fuller.While I implemented some design and joinery modifications, the spirit of Sam Maloof was still very present in my the rocking chair I built.
Let's explore the Maloof Joint a little further.Construction The Maloof Joint is a three-sided (two-sided on the back legs of the rocker) housed tongue and groove.Maloof used a ¼' tongue and groove.In my case, I used a ½' tongue and groove.
Craftsman, Hal Taylor, adopted this modification to increase glue surface and strengthen the leg joints, thereby eliminating the need for screws.I liked this idea so I'll be demonstrating this modification on a mock-up of the front leg.
Hal Taylor's version of the Maloof Joint is a ½' housed tongue and groove.I used two commonly available router bits to make this joint.To make the tongue portion I used a 1-½' diameter router bit with...