Esherick Three Legged Stool #2: Dimensions and Techniques

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Blog entry by Tom posted 09-28-2020 11:17 AM 478 reads 0 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: A Little Background on Esherick Part 2 of Esherick Three Legged Stool series Part 3: Leg Turning and Seat Mortising »

Since I do not have a plan with dimensions and angles I decided to make a rough prototype. Prior to reading the article on the Esherick stool and Armstrong Linoleum, I was not sure about the height. I was also not sure about the leg angles, overall seat width or foot base. I am shooting for a tall version (about 26”) and I based a lot of the initial detalls of an example from an auction site:

I glued up a seat blank and ripped some billets from construction fir boards. I turned some legs about 27”long and shaped just based on appearance from pictures. I turned a tenon on the end for seat to 15/16”.

I bored 15/16” mortises in the seat with a 10 degree splay and spaced equidistant around the circumference of a circle. Again, I am just trying to get a rough idea on the dimensioning. I will provide more precise measurements on the final version. I fitted the legs to the mortises and cut a shape on the seat with the band saw. Next I added some dowel stretchers which I roughly bored with a spade bit in a drill.

I set it on the floor and thought about the look for a few days.

I decided that the seat was too wide and thick. The leg mortises are too far apart. The leg turnings were too chunky and will need more aggressive shaping. The splay looked about right to me, not too steep or wide. So I will stay with 10 degrees. One the legs was canted off to the side because I was not careful with my boring, so I will watch out for that. I will need to find a way to bore the mortises for the stretchers in the legs that makes a clean hole.

So it is an ugly start to the project, but a start nonetheless. I’m getting a feel for the process and the form. It will get better….

-- Tom

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#1 posted 09-28-2020 02:10 PM

Ha, borrow KCOlsen’s tailstock centering attachment for the spindle drilling.

I made a similar stool if you want to compare notes.

-- Mike (near Boston) ... Laziness is the mother of invention, necessity is the mother of exhaustion - me

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