three-legged stool

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Project by chem posted 05-26-2015 12:11 AM 1347 views 4 times favorited 1 comment Add to Favorites Watch

This is my first take on a stool and the design is an original. It came from a single piece of urban lumber soft maple. Why three legs? The board helped me make the decision. I used three types of joinery when I could have used one. I started with the hard and went easier to easiest. The tough joinery involved connecting the legs to the top. I used my lathe to make the holes in the legs, mitered them, and glued in ¾ inch cherry dowels. The protruding part of the dowels was split on the band saw and attached to the top with hard maple wedges. Of course the holes in the top required a compound angle from my drill press with a seized table adjustment mechanism (this was actually one of the scariest parts to get right). I put the curve on the seat with a band saw tilting the table to make an angled scoop. The foot rest is held in with two large Spax screws driven in to the front two legs. These were covered with plugs (first time with a plug cutter…not bad). This was much easier than the dowels. The cross member holding the foot rest to the back leg got four pocket hole screws (first time using those). I can see the temptation to use pocket screws wherever possible although finding a place where they will be totally hidden is hard. I was very glad to have my father-in-law helping me as this turned out to be a bit above my skill level.

-- chemist by day, woodworker time permitting

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#1 posted 06-02-2015 03:00 PM

That looks very pretty

-- It's worth every moment of effort you put in if the kids enjoy it!

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