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Blog entry by kaerlighedsbamsen posted 10-27-2013 04:14 PM 5210 reads 17 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For my workbench i needed a tall stool for more accurate work and just a place to rest.

This is a descripition on how i made this project.

Searching LJ i found these two fine projects:
- Having a fascination with all-things-Japanense (having both worked in a sushi restaurant and done karate for several years) these Singer-songrwriters chairs by Junji impressed me.
- This post on shop stools by shipwright described a interesting method for dying oak black with steel wool dissolved in winegar. Newer heard about this before and it HAD to be tryed.

Both projects are really well made and with a nice ballanced shape. Full of inspiration i went to the drawing board:

Funny how drawings and coffe seems to be drawn to each other…

I wanted to use some oak that i got from a friendly carpenter working on this project near my house. Love how that project has made a dull and boring strech of harbour a faworite spot.

I also wanted to get better at mortice/tennon joints and made two different ones: Angled tennons for the strechers and angled, round tennons for the legs.

The round tenons turned out to be a bit of a challenge and, after trying different methods, ended up making a jig for my lathe using the router against a stop to shape the tennon. After a bit of fiddling with the differnt adjustments on the 1. leg the rest took about 6 minutes to finish. Gotta love jigs!

It worked surpricingly prezice and there is no gap at all.

For fun and decoration i numbered the piezes

Think that tured out ok

The shape of the seat took nearly half the time i worked on the stool and finishing concave surfaces sure is slow. Ended up using a spokeshave and scraper a lot. The line should, in a perfect world, flow from flat at the centre to a logarithmic curve at the ends. I feel that i allmost got it right..

For shipwrights rezipie on dye i made a batch 2 weeks ago. This has totally transformed to a magic (and not at all winegar smelling) substance. Here i am staining away.

This left, to my horor, a dark purplish-pink powdery surface (forgot to take pictures, sorry). Luckily this was easily removed with a damp rag and revealed a beautifull, ebony color with all the nice grain structure intact.

After a long search i have finnaly mannaged to find a local place to buy real, genuine boiled linseed oil.

It gives that nice, smooth surface and glow to the wood. wiped the stool 3 times. While at it i gave all my wooden tools a thorough layer as well. Their surfaces were in various stages of worn down and this sure made the shine again. Almost feels like havning new tools.. The jointer and router plane are old JPBO’s that i just bought and look forward to try them. My block plane also got a treatment.

And the final stool in low autumn sun

And in the workshop. Almost too nice to use there…

This was great fun. I have learned a lot and are ready for more of the same kind.

Let me know what you think. Comments are, as alleways, apreciated!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#1 posted 10-27-2013 04:16 PM

Very nice blog and cool stool ,great job on both.

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#2 posted 10-27-2013 04:58 PM

Very nice stool. I like the clever method you used to make the angled round tenons.
You won’t ever regret this project.
I use my stool in the shop every day and it now has a lovely patina.
It is so nice to get off my feet for a bit but still be at bench height.

-- Paul M ..............the early bird may get the worm but it’s the second mouse that gets the cheese!

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#3 posted 10-27-2013 05:03 PM

Thanks both!
Shipwright: As you see the project we wrote together about some while ago now is real. It did not turn out as a copy of your design but you are the one that got me started. Thank you so much!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#4 posted 10-27-2013 05:05 PM

You area true craftsman!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Very nice job on that stool and thanks for the blog on the build process. Very nicely done!!!!!!!!!...................Jim

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

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#5 posted 10-27-2013 05:10 PM

Thanks. Only glad to inspire!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#6 posted 10-27-2013 09:32 PM

Lovely stool I have made quite a few small stools for my grandson and now need to make another for my grandaughte Rhiannon love your ideas here.Very Kindest regards .Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 10-27-2013 10:35 PM

Lovely to follow your work here, really fine pictures that makes me feel I’m there.
Clever thinking with the jig. ;-)
I love the numbers and the stain.
But most of all I love the stool.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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#8 posted 10-28-2013 07:31 AM

Mads: I think you are the one who sets the standards for showing and sharing work here. I just try to follow up.

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#9 posted 10-28-2013 01:23 PM

Very nice work! Certain you will enjoy that stool… Thanks for sharing…

-- Dan

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