Meditation stools #4: joining and meditation on love.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 04-28-2013 05:51 PM 4978 reads 1 time favorited 20 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Meditation stools
joining and meditation on love.

In this last part, the seat and leg will be joined, and the finale will be Line and the architect meditating on love.

It was not only beauty we saw on our walk, the beast is always hiding in reality.
See if you can find it on this photo…

Since I want hidden joints and like them wedged, I saw some spurs for the wedges.
This will give a strong joint.

Then some small pieces of hardwood.

Making them wedge shaped.

Pre fit.

And with the tops cut off, so that they are just a little higher than the tenons.

Glue, plenty of it.

Then the seats were beaten on to the legs, so that the wedges come into action.
While drying I clamp them.

A little misfit, guess that it what happens…

So time for some magic.
Sawdust and glue, mixed into a paste.

And put all the way around, this to make it tight and beautiful.

Marking for the pin, and thinking of my friend Jim.

Drilling for the pin.

Pin is applied glue and beaten in.

Then sawn of.

And finally trimmed.
This means the joining is done.

Next step is to finish the base.
First I make sure it is straight, by measuring from both ends down.

And marking a straight line.

Since I want the seats to be in an angel forward, I decide the angel and mark this.

With a marking knife scoring the line.

Marking the saw cut again.

Sawing so that the leg gets its final size.

Since I want the base to end elegant, I mark up a line all around.

And plane in an angel up to this line.

For finishing the wood I use a card scraper.

And trimming with a chisel free hand.

Remember to dip the chisel in camellia oil, this will make it easier to cut.

Here we are the final stool.
With my MaFe branding burned into the wood.

On the shop floor, here, booth.

And finally Line and I are able to sit there and meditate.
While I have been building the chairs, the love has grown and we are now sitting on each our chair but walking the same path together.

I guess this picture says more than I can explain with words.

Thank you for watching this little blog of woodworking, walks in the forest, meditation and love.

Hope this can bring some inspiration, perhaps some peaceful moments or thoughts of love.

Best thoughts,


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

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#1 posted 04-28-2013 06:06 PM

Love is your drug, Mads! Another great project inspired from the bottom of your heart and from heart to your bottom!

-- If you can't joint it, bead it!

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#2 posted 04-28-2013 06:06 PM

Beautiful work Mads, and I’m glad to see that at the end of this story, the woodworker gets the girl! Congratulations!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 04-28-2013 06:19 PM

Lovely chairs, lovely lady, lovely story.
Thanks, Mads!

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

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#4 posted 04-28-2013 06:31 PM

a beautiful journey
and a great build

thank you both
for having us along

always an inspiration

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#5 posted 04-28-2013 06:34 PM

Mads, another fine build of meditation stools! It was nice to see you two yung’uns using the stools. It was like that for my Wife and I 41 years ago !... Live…Laugh…Love.

-- Don't be at the airport when your ship comes in!

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#6 posted 04-28-2013 07:27 PM

Just Yea.

Such a lovely story,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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Jim Jakosh

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#7 posted 04-28-2013 08:59 PM

Beautiful way you made the meditation stools. I love to see my tools being used, too!
It hurts me to see legs bent like that. I would never be able to get down there like that or get up again if I did.

I t is nice to meet Line in your blog. Maybe she could have a beer with us If I ever get over there!!
It is good to see you happy and smiling, my friend!! She is good for you!!!!!!!!!!!!!............Jim

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

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#8 posted 04-28-2013 10:20 PM

Good blog my friend. It’s always a pleasure to see how a carefully planned idea grows into an elegant and useful project. May you enjoy them together for many days.

-- Doug - Make an effort to live by the slogan "We try harder"

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#9 posted 04-28-2013 10:40 PM

Great finish Mads, thanks for taking us along on the journey!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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#10 posted 04-28-2013 11:00 PM

Oh now this is really fine woodworking!! This is a lovely story and I appreciate the attention to the details you have documented. I like taking this journey with you.

Best wishes and warm feelings to you and your new friend and Mathilde. Keep up the great work.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#11 posted 04-28-2013 11:21 PM

Excellent blog MADS! I love the sequence of photos and design details.
I think you’re a little crazy … but I love your insanity.
Go ahead with that love, and congratulations to you and Line

-- Disfruta tu trabajo (enjoy your work) (Bandera, Argentina)

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#12 posted 04-28-2013 11:26 PM

Great blog.
Happy ending.

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

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#13 posted 04-28-2013 11:57 PM

I agree, you look happy! Glad you got the girl. Best wishes.

-- Every cloud has a silver lining

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#14 posted 04-29-2013 12:25 AM

That looks really comfy. Life is good. Live-Love-Laugh….......everyday.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. [email protected]

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#15 posted 04-29-2013 03:06 AM

Good to see a smile on your face, it suits you well.

Best wishes!

-- I never finish anyth

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