Cherry Barstools

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Project by JayG46 posted 08-26-2015 10:22 AM 1665 views 4 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I bought the air dried 8/4 cherry that I used for these stools in Vermont two summers ago, not sure of what it would actually become. Even in rough form it was nice looking but once I started planing it down the real beauty began to reveal itself. It has dark lines (both green and black) rippling throughout it and there are lots of smallish black pockets that the grain tends to swirl around.

The base of the stools have a compound angle splay of 11 degrees and have 24 mortise and tenon joints each – a task made infinitely easier by the Domino XL. To shape the seat, I used a technique that I figured out that incorporates the drill press and a large Forstner bit (~1 3/4” or so). I start by drawing out the depths on the seat blank I want to drill to like a topographical map and set the stop for the deepest level.

I hog out that area, then move the stop up and so forth. It removes a lot of material in a hurry and the spur on the Forstner bit leaves exact depth marks to guide the sculpting with the angle grinder, Rotex and other sanders.

Shaping the seats, especially four of them, is always going to be a time consuming process but this method works really well for me.

Wenge is the darker wood used for the back supports, foot rest and plugs. The finish is Odie’s Oil which did a really great job of popping the grain and looked to be ready for prime time after just one coat.

The stools have swivels, which might take away from the “fine-ness” of them slightly (like ball bearing slides in a chest of drawers) but I really like to be able to spin around a little when I’m sitting at bar height.

Thanks for checking them out!

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi

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#1 posted 08-26-2015 10:31 AM

Realy beautiful design. Nice additional photos of making proces.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 08-26-2015 12:25 PM

Those stools are beautifully done.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 08-26-2015 01:33 PM

Thanks for showing how you carved out the grooves in the seat.

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#4 posted 08-26-2015 03:20 PM

Thanks guys!

Ivan – I visited Croatia this summer and found it to be incredibly beautiful. Would love to go back some day.

-- Jay Gargiulo, Naples, FL "Once you understand the way broadly, you can see it in all things."- Miyamoto Musashi

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#5 posted 08-28-2015 02:17 AM

Really nice workmanship! Great looking design!

I just looked to see if you got a Daily Top 3.. Not yet I guess. But your work definitely deserves it and I also think your stool’s are way above that mark.

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

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#6 posted 09-01-2015 01:34 AM

Beautifully done!

-- "If the women don't find you handsome, they should at least find you handy." Red Green

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