small walnut guitar stool

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Project by elbarneso posted 03-12-2015 02:32 PM 3469 views 12 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I had some odd 8/4 walnut cutoffs laying around the shop, and I couldn’t decide what to do with them. I have never built a stool and have always needed one for playing guitar, so I thought this would be a good project. The main shape and seat glue-up was mostly decided by the pieces I had laying around. And that maple inlay on top was not originally planned, but rather was added later to cover-up seat scooping mistakes.

I also got a Festool Domino last year, but until this project never needed anything except 90 degree mortises, so this was a good opportunity to play with that as well. This also added angled clamping challenges, which I solved with some small wedges wrapped in masking tape.

The tapers on the legs were cut on my tablesaw with a taper jig I built from some leftover clamp parts. The jig is based on other taper jigs I have seen on LJ.

Overall I am happy with the shape and it is comfortable. The only thing I think I would change is lowering the front/back supports a little, mostly because of where I put my foot when playing, but it also might look better closer to the left/right support height.

I finished this stool with 2 coats of Tried and True Original Oil / Wax. I have used it on some other projects and love the way it looks and I don’t have problems applying it like some other folks have mentioned. I know it’s not very durable, but that’s ok with me for this project.

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#1 posted 03-12-2015 02:59 PM

Sweet little stool. Nice comfortable seat, and pleasing taper on the legs. Good use of your cut offs. Well done.

-- Rod - Oregon

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#2 posted 03-12-2015 05:16 PM

Great looking stool.

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#3 posted 03-12-2015 11:20 PM

Really nice looking stool. What method did you use for scooping out the seat?

-- Eric - Black Hawk, Colorado

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#4 posted 03-12-2015 11:31 PM

Beautiful curves and colors.

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#5 posted 03-12-2015 11:40 PM

From the eyes of an engineer, woodworker, and bass player, I love everything about the stool. Very nice build.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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#6 posted 03-12-2015 11:59 PM

looks great and comfortable at the same time :)

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#7 posted 03-13-2015 12:58 PM

So cool, I like it!

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#8 posted 03-13-2015 01:59 PM

Really nice! The inlays look well planned out!

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#9 posted 03-15-2015 12:10 AM

Very nice, looks good on that floor!

-- Jack, Delta B.C.

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#10 posted 04-01-2015 05:50 PM

Thanks all for the nice comments – Earache to answer your question on the scoop – I have a small DIY CNC machine that I built. It’s not very accurate or sturdy, but works well enough for a rough pass followed by a lot a sand paper. I modeled the two-direction scoop in Autodesk Inventor.

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