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Project by dbray45 posted 02-19-2015 02:35 PM 1617 views 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This was a fun and challenging project. The wood is pine and the seat is upholstered in the traditional method with webbing, fill and cotton – no foam. For the most part, it is made with hand tools. I did use a bandsaw to cut the basic shape of the seat frame and the tablesaw to rip the legs and aprons, after that it was all hand tools.

Thanks for looking

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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#1 posted 02-19-2015 06:55 PM

Are legs splayed or just 90s? Stable? I ask because I’m gearing up to design n make a stool and would like perspective on the value of splayed legs.

Looks good, btw. I want one in case of a bar fight!

-- - Crud. Go tell your mother that I need a Band-aid.

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#2 posted 02-20-2015 02:23 AM

Your Stool looks good David, Nice work!

@ fuigb,
I splayed the legs on my stools 10 degrees. I post them here a while ago. link

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#3 posted 02-20-2015 01:31 PM

It really depends upon the height. You want the feet to be about the same as the perimeter of the seat. Mine are about 12 degrees. If smaller, the stool tips over when you sit in it, out too far and your foot catches the legs.

You know all that math that you vowed you would never use – this is where it comes to play. The splay is from the center, if the legs are square, like mine, you want to insert the tenons at 90 degrees into the legs. This makes your tenons at an angle. If you are using round legs, this is not an issue but you do have to watch the grain directions so the wood doesn’t split under a person’s weight.

Thanks Tony

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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#4 posted 02-20-2015 08:01 PM

Lovely job David. I was thinking about stool designs during the week. I’m not ready to build one yet, but forearmed is forewarned as they say. :o)

-- Andy - Old Chinese proverb says: "If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it."

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#5 posted 02-21-2015 06:31 PM

Thanks Andy -

I found a lot of info on chairs and applied the base of chairs to the stool. If you are going to make chairs, stools seem like a good starting point to me. I want to make some chairs and looking at different designs.

To me, it is fascinating the difference in dynamics between chairs where the back legs are the back versus the separate legs, seat and back (like a Windsor).

-- David in Palm Bay, FL

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