Maple Bar Stools

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Project by CM02WS6 posted 10-14-2014 05:17 PM 1296 views 2 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was my first “real” hardwood project after buying my first table saw. At times I thought it was a bit too much to tackle given the angled legs, but I just made some jigs to guide the process and it turned out good. This is based on plans I found online from an old American Woodworker article, but scaled to the dimensions I wanted. These are 30” high and the legs are angled at 4 degrees. The finish is General Finishes Prairie Wheat gel stain, topped with Satin Arm-R-Seal.

I learned a lot in this process and it is crazy (frustrating?) to think how much better it would have turned out if I had started with the tools that I procured throughout the project. For example, the wood is the “random” pile from Menard’s, which is supposed to be S2S, but it still has a very wavy surface. Even thought I sanded it a bunch, the planer I got for Father’s Day would have taken care of that. Also, the legs are two pieces of that 3/4” stock glued together, but again, the planer would have taken care of some 8/4 stock to make solid legs. The curved bottom cuts would have also been a lot easier with the plunge router I have now. Finally, it may not be a tool, but I felt I tackled a lot of new techniques on the project so I decided to use pocket hole screws and plugs instead of learning the M&T joints that the plans used. They are holding up really well after 4 months, but I guess time will tell!

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#1 posted 10-14-2014 05:59 PM

Good job. Used in the right kind of application, pocket holes can be great. I don’t use them nearly as much as I used to, but no need to apologize for using them. I don’t know if I would have gotten into making furniture if it hadn’t been for the entry that pocket holes provided.

-- "Man is the only animal which devours his own, for I can apply no milder term to the general prey of the rich on the poor." ~Thomas Jefferson

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#2 posted 10-16-2014 07:34 PM

Nice looking stools and very good job on makeing them. Looks like you have kids around the house so if the stools stand up to them for a while you did real good.

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