4 legged stool #1: compound angle holes on a drill press

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Blog entry by dutchtouch posted 10-18-2016 07:04 PM 2131 reads 1 time favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Hello, I am trying to build the 4 legged stool Fabian Fischer’s stools online fine woodworking. I am having problems drilling the holes at compound angles and was looking for some advice. Also any advice on carving out the seat. Thanks

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#1 posted 10-18-2016 07:27 PM

This is a blog I did on a three legged stool (Tage Frid) a while back. There is a fully captioned album showing all the steps including photos of the setup you are looking for.

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#2 posted 10-19-2016 05:56 AM

What more could you wish for!

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#3 posted 10-21-2016 02:39 AM

I too have placed this stool on my “to build” list. So I will be watching your blog
to see your experiences in making the stool.

As a woodworking newbie, I too had to think about the setup to drill the holes for the legs.
I am also, spatially challenged, so visualizing the setup takes a while.

My understanding is that the drill press table is set to the rake angle and a “jig” with wedges using the splay angle is placed on top of the drill press table. The jig slopes to the right when drilling the upper left hole (in the picture that is in the article) then is changed to slope the other direction to drill the upper right hole.

Note that the rake and splay differ for the front and rear legs, so the table is reset and different wedges are used for each.

A search of LJ located this jig that can be used to accomplish the same setup.

Also found this in FW although this is setup to drill the holes from the top of the blank.

No matter how you do it, it is important that the blank and jig be square to the drill press. In particular if using the jig as seen in the article, the wedges must be perpendicular to the center line.

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