Spalted elm shop stool

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Project by Dave Polaschek posted 05-10-2017 10:28 AM 2190 views 4 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Back in February, I bought a large slab of spalted elm I’m using to build a new workbench. A piece from the end of the slab was big enough for a stool, so I decided to build a tall and sturdy shop stool for myself. I cut two corners off a rectangular piece, then shaped the legs from red oak using a jig and a jack plane. Took another piece of red oak and spoke-shaved it down to make a stretcher, and built another jig to drill the angled holes in the legs for the stretcher. Then made the final stretcher from a scrap of white oak, and built yet another jig for the hole in the back leg, as that’s at a different angle then the first two legs. Some holes and some glue, a little clean-up with a card scraper on the legs. Carved the seat using spokeshaves and trial and error. Finish it all with three coats of BLO and I have a completed stool.

The design is loosely based on a stool made by Chris Schwarz.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#1 posted 05-10-2017 11:10 AM

Very cool. With a workbench to match, great job.

-- Whatever you find to do with your hands, do it with all your might,... because there is no work in the grave...Ecclesiastes 9:10

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#2 posted 05-10-2017 03:16 PM

Lovely Dave, really lovely.
I have soft spot in my heart for spalted wood.
Best thoughts,

-- MAD F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect.

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#3 posted 05-10-2017 03:43 PM

Cool Stool

-- Ted

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#4 posted 05-10-2017 04:20 PM

This is a nice practical stool and very sturdy looking. Nice work.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#5 posted 05-10-2017 07:58 PM

Thanks, gents. It’s really a beautiful slab of wood I got for my bench (almost too pretty to work on), and the next two or three project posts are going to be things made from cut off bits. Plus a couple of the spoons I made are also scraps from the larger slab.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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