Shop Stool #1: Wood Gloat & Maloof Joint

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Blog entry by SPalm posted 06-26-2014 01:00 AM 10376 reads 14 times favorited 26 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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A week and a half ago I was bored and decided to check Craig’s List for lumber. I noticed a weird post of cherry for sale and it stated “must get rid of”. Heh. I noticed the location was just 5 miles away. I gave a call and headed over. Turns out I got about 500 board feet of thirty year old air dried in the basement cherry. Almost all of it was 7 feet long and either 3×3s, 4×4s, or 4×6s – strange sizes for cherry. The price was really cheap. A bit of it is pretty cracked, but what a lot of fun I can have. There was so much that I had to make two loads with my small pickup truck.

I don’t have a lot of wood storage available. I schlepped a bunch down to my basement, and made a small stack in the garage. Then I called in reinforcements. Funny how fellow a LJ will react when given the offer of free wood – and it really helped me out so I could park in the garage again. Thanks Bob.

Here is the stack in the basement. I milled up a stick or two and made a cutting board just to see how the wood looked. It is beautiful; almost all heart wood and very red. I am a happy man.

So… I always wanted to make something with a Maloof Joint. A shop stool with my new cheap cherry will be the victim. 29 inches tall, 14 inches wide, and 12 inches deep. I glued up a top that is about 1 ¼ inches thick. I cut notches in the four corners that are 3/8 inches less than the thickness of the legs.

A quick primer on this joint type; it requires two router bits. A quarter-round and a rabbeting bit. The diameter of these two must be the same. That is the only requirement. I used two that happened to both be from Whiteside; a 1 ¼ inches outside diameter – 3/8 inch rabbeting bit and a 5/8 inch radius quarter-round. Note that 5/8 inch radius = 1 ¼ inch diameter.

I chucked the rabbeting bit in a hand held router. I clamped some scrap to the sides of the top to prevent tear out and routed both sides to form the corner tenon.


Now on to some legs. I cut one of the 4×4s into three sections. I milled two of the sections, and then cut one of these into four legs. I always think it is amazing when milling rough lumber.

I routed a quarter-round on the top couple of inches.

I then cut a dado on two sides of the legs.

So… this is where it is right now.




That was fun. Now I want to finish it somehow. I plan to add some stretchers to the legs and do a lot of rounding to all the square sides. I had thought of making the top scooped, but I will probably leave that for version 2.0.

Comments and suggestions welcome.

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 06-26-2014 01:11 AM

Fantastic Job, Steve!

Are you going go a little more like Maloof and dig out the seat, round over edges, and sculpture the corners & legs? LOL

Great BUY!

C O N G R A T U L A T I O N S !

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#2 posted 06-26-2014 01:11 AM

Wow Steve, what an amazing lumber score! Good for you…..2 truck loads…..!!

The stool is looking good and can’t wait to see what you end up with. I’ve always been amazed with Sams work, but have never ventured in…..let’s see where it takes you….


-- Jeff .... Minnesota, USA

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#3 posted 06-26-2014 01:16 AM

Nice stool… and congrats on the scoop of cherry…

-- Be safe.

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#4 posted 06-26-2014 01:28 AM

you must have stepped in something good to come up with that haul!! beautiful stool.

-- wiser1934, new york

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#5 posted 06-26-2014 01:44 AM

sweet stool and love the way those Maloof Joints look and on the cherry find you suck :)

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#6 posted 06-26-2014 02:02 AM

That is some really nice work, Steve.

As far as the cherry score, YOU SUCK!

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#7 posted 06-26-2014 02:14 AM

Your lumber score is nice but…Your work on the stool is truly beautiful and inspiring. I don’t think I’ve ever seen a “leg joint” quite like that!
Thanks for sharing!

-- Dennie - Tennessee

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#8 posted 06-26-2014 03:31 AM

Lovely work Steve, not being a joinery man I’ve never seen one of those joints looks “tricky” & real strong, boy I bet some of that 4×4 would turn up a nice little hollow form or two, pity I’m not a mile or 2 down the road :)

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#9 posted 06-26-2014 04:47 AM

Nice find sounds like your having fun.

-- Tom D

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#10 posted 06-26-2014 06:57 AM

Great find on the wood. The stool turned out nice. The joint work looks excellent.

-- Darren... Hmmmm, I got nothin.

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#11 posted 06-26-2014 09:06 AM

Wow Steve, this is a wood gloat with a capital ‘G’. Cherry is wonderful wood with a very special color and nice working characteristics. I have a small piece of American cherry 3” X 3” X 18” that I paid about $50, so be glad, be very glad with your purchase. I loved the table with that special joint. Looks great.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jim Jakosh

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#12 posted 06-26-2014 12:00 PM

Great tut
Tutorial, Steve and fine looking joint for the legs!!..................Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#13 posted 06-26-2014 01:24 PM

WOW!! That was easy. One phone call, 20 miles, free help and a great load of cherry. Good find!

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#14 posted 06-26-2014 03:43 PM

Great lumber score, Steve!
Sweet little stool, too!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#15 posted 06-26-2014 04:23 PM

Good score!

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