Organic Bar Stool from Pine and Oregon

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Project by robscastle posted 09-19-2016 03:36 AM 2519 views 5 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I was originally going to make this stool from OSB but thought better of it after reading the post on OSB furniture and associated replies!

So instead I used Pine for the main framework and some laminated Oregon for the seat

The construction came about after seeing Michael Makarevich (CrazyRussianWoodShop) post of his prize winning Organic Bar Stool from Cherry.

I was so facinated as to how Michael made his it inspired me to find out for myself.

He has a utube channel if you are interested.

The internal braces are fairly straight forward but the perimeter ones require compound miters all dependent on the angle position of the brace.
For Example the foot rest is at 90 degrees to the frame (being at 5 degrees) on the legs the compound angle cuts are about 44 degrees and 3.5 degrees.

All others are cut dependent on the angle required to position it, which varied from 20 to 30 Degrees

I set out to replicate Michaels work as accurately as my skills allowed so without getting down to include fingerprints as the chinese can do this is my “rustic” attempt.

Michael used M&T joints were as I used biscuits and cut material away for the joints with a band saw.

Its a bit of a roughie hence the “Rustic” label to hide the defects, and it certanily will not win any awards!

What it should have looked like:-

The tools I used were:- Table Saw, Band Saw, Biscuit jointer, drop Saw Arbortech Turbo Planer and Guinevere Sanding system with a microplaner 50 mm cutter, sander and eye wash to get all the wood out later!

Its stained with an oil based Cedar stain finished with UV inhibited clear Gloss finish.

No hotties passed by as I was working so there is no Miss Makita to emblish my work, sorry Guys!

Its perceived role:-
Its for the family so I anticipate making more or getting it returned!

The blog covering the activity.


-- Regards Rob

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 09-19-2016 04:05 AM

Fantastic Stool!

… now you can more to finish out the Set! :) :D LOL

You did a great job on it…

Awesome design / work!

Thank you for all of your time & trouble in keeping us up to date!
... you did a great job doing it.

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

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#2 posted 09-19-2016 06:19 AM

I can not find another word then,like Joe…FANTASTIC

-- bambi

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#3 posted 09-19-2016 06:28 AM

Congratulations Rob.
That is a stunningly Rustic stool, I love it.
It really looks FANTASTIC.
Great job.


-- Bob, Western Australia, The Sun came up this morning, what a great start to the day. Now it's up to me to make it even better. I've cut this piece of wood 4 times and it's still too damn short.

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Mark Wilson

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#4 posted 09-19-2016 07:35 AM

Sculpted furniture is kind of a dream of mine, Rod. This stool certainly does look organic. I still don’t know, though, what kind of wood you’re talking about that you call “Oregon.”

-- Mark

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#5 posted 09-19-2016 08:19 AM

Way too much math involved in this. The results are great, Rob! On the next one, do you think you’ll go thinner on the legs and braces?

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 09-19-2016 08:45 AM

Joe, ZAGREB, BobWemm, Thanks for the nice comments.

Mark Wilson
The Oregon or AKA Douglas Fir botanicial or scientific Name (Pseudotsuga menziesii.)
This softwood is native to North America (from the Oregon area as the name applies but for some reason Americans call it Douglas Fir) but is being grown in plantations in other countries. The heartwood is a pale red brown colour with distinctive growth rings. Sapwood is paler. It has very poor exterior exposure resistance, but is used it timber framing and trusses.

Candy CFrye
The maths did my head in I assure you, and the scrap bin was overwelmed at times.
Yes the legs should have been rounded over much more very obvious when looking at Michaels original.
Cherry is possibly way stronger than common garden variety pine, I know if I used walnut there would be no problems being thinner. BTW I was looking at your project Pizza Party for a Cause pizza peel and was thinking of making a round version of yours. I do not have any Pecan so Tasmanian Blackwood or walnut will possibly be the choice of timber.

-- Regards Rob

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#7 posted 09-19-2016 09:24 AM

Outstanding work! I like that ’’live’’ edges.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#8 posted 09-19-2016 12:41 PM

Robert, thank you for all the compliments and I am very happy to see somebody to follow my CRAZY PATH…:))
I actually liked your more “outdoorsie” version!
Michael Makarevich
p.s. I will share this link with Michael Stolworthy, the designer whose designs inspired me…

-- Michael Makarevich (CrazyRussianWoodShop):

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#9 posted 09-19-2016 12:57 PM

I think this pic says it all …


-- Perform A Random Act Of Kindness Today ... Pay It Forward

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#10 posted 09-19-2016 01:25 PM

Yup….what everyone else says, and you did make my head hurt with all the figuring (mathematically challenged, don’tcha know).

Great job!!!!


-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#11 posted 09-19-2016 01:34 PM

Superb! Makes my mind go into overdrive and that aint helping me one bit. Nice work!

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

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#12 posted 09-19-2016 01:38 PM

nice stool

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Dan P

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#13 posted 09-19-2016 01:51 PM

Great looking stool! Looks comfy.

-- Daniel P

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#14 posted 09-19-2016 02:15 PM

Robert, here is an email exchange b/w Michael Stolworthy and me this morning (he conceived that unusual shape and I was inspired by the digital concept of his Serous Bar Stool):

“Michael Stolworthy Reply|
Today, 9:47 AM

Ha…..that’s great. The legacy continues!

On Mon, Sep 19, 2016, 9:45 AM Michael <alfadimention> wrote:

Hi Michael,

Hope all is good with you and the family…

I seem to have a follower at (the best woodworking forum out there) :)) My friend sent me this link this morning:

M. “


-- Michael Makarevich (CrazyRussianWoodShop):

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#15 posted 09-19-2016 04:50 PM


-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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