I'm looking for others who have used Sam Maloof's finish. I have a client who wants that "warm glow" on a table and set of 6 dining room chairs.
From contributor R:
I think that many people have used a Maloof finish without even knowing it. The reason I say this is because it's really a thinned out varnish that probably has some drying oils in it (Watco) and some thinners. Anyone can make this type of finish from readily available materials from the big box stores. If you're not interested in conjuring up your own homebrew, I'm sure the Maloof Varnish is available from an online dealer or a specialty house.
Something to take into consideration is the kids or no kids factor. I get a kick out of that TV commercial where the kid is banging the fork handle on the table because he didn't get his favorite breakfast treat. That kind of stuff happens when you have little ones. If you're in doubt about the finish, apply the best one you possibly can.