Perch stool (idea stolen from RenaissanceWW)

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Project by Chiaroscuro posted 11-13-2017 06:14 AM 3736 views 5 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So the Renaissance Woodworker YouTube channel was doing a live build of a perch chair which peaked my interest. Followed Shannon’s links to Peter Galbert’s page. He had developed this with Galen Cranz and Curtis Buchanan. There were two construction grade 2×4s that had sitting beside my garage for 2 years and weren’t warped at all. Not wanting an experiment in expensive material, these were glued up into a blank for the seat as well as ripped to length and width for turning the legs. The turning went well although it was rough (you can’t accuse me of a light tough and without any substantial turning under my belt it was good enough). Carving the seat was difficult however. Equipment poor (for this type of build) with a scorp and not much else. The scorp didn’t really like the dry pine much, and a project that should have been easy in a soft wood… wasn’t. Eventually frustrated with the tear out and working the knots, the power sander came out with 80 grit… this left a rough (worse) blank. Glued up the legs and then spent an hour today with cabinetmaker’s rasps faring bits into each other. Finally got something somewhat pleasing to the eye, but a travisher is a possible next purchase. Working on a spokeshave using the Veritas large spokeshave kit, but it still isn’t ready. The Veritas tenon and reamer were used to fit the legs (loved the reamer, need to build something to house the tenon cutter so it’s more convenient to use). Finished in BLO with paste wax. Wedged with walnut.

-- Todd

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#1 posted 11-13-2017 07:28 AM

So having sat in it while eating a late dinner/snack, refinements for the next one are: if I’m making it for me it needs to be a half an inch shorter. The pommel (or whatever you call that central rise) needs to be a bit shorter and a little less wide (this one was limited by how much work on those knots to the top and left portion of the pommel I’d do). Other than that it was very ergomatic and comfortable. The design is made to tilt your pelvis forward as you sit, and it certainly does.

-- Todd

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#2 posted 11-13-2017 02:18 PM

For all the trouble the pine gave you, it came out looking great. Nice work.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#3 posted 11-13-2017 03:48 PM

This is a very nice looking stool. Congratulations.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#4 posted 11-14-2017 09:56 AM

A great looking stool!
If you want to work on ergonomics anyway, this might be a suggestion:

More ergonomics is not possible. :D

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#5 posted 11-15-2017 12:14 AM

Thanks all! Muesli – not sure that that degree of… comfort… is needed :)

-- Todd

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