Perch Stool #2 from Peter Galbert’s blog (via Renaissance WW)

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Project by Chiaroscuro posted 01-17-2018 08:54 PM 4100 views 3 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So the first one was pine. This is Poplar and…. Maple? I need to label my scrap bit a little better. The legs are Poplar and the seat is a glued up blank from scrap. I had glued this up before making the pine perch stool but then had decided to practice on the pine. The grain direction is 90 degrees off Peter Galbert’s plans which I didn’t realize until I was hollowing out the seat. I was aided quite a bit in the build by the travisher and spokeshave I recent built (with this application in mind). BLO and wax finish.

Finally getting better at turning. This stool is a thank you gift to a friend who gifted me with her father’s bandsaw and ShopSmith.

This is the smaller stretcher.

Checking the angles.

Getting the basic shape of the seat (yes, that isn’t the right blade in the bandsaw).

Starting the hollow with an in-shave.

Cleaning up with the travisher I just made. Worked great. I used a blade I bought from Elia Bizzarri’s site.

My new spokeshave was worth the effort to build (kit from Lee Valley). I used it for quite a bit of the shaping (I need to pick up a drawknife still).

Roughed out final shape.

Dealing with the knot.

Filled with melted shellac.

Glue up.

-- Todd

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#1 posted 01-17-2018 11:08 PM


Really like the perch stool. Sounds like practice helps.

-- Life is good! Make the most of it.

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#2 posted 01-18-2018 02:15 AM

Awesome stool! Love the look! Nice work!

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

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#3 posted 01-18-2018 08:30 AM

Absolutely amazing work! And for your friend a much nicer reminder to her father than just tools. She will love it!

-- Uwe from Germany.

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#4 posted 01-18-2018 02:27 PM

This is a fine stool and it has a lot of nice character.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#5 posted 01-18-2018 03:06 PM

Love it and appreciate the skill required to make it.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#6 posted 01-18-2018 03:38 PM

Beautiful Stool Todd! Well Done!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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#7 posted 01-18-2018 04:48 PM

Thanks all – it was definitely easier this time around. Still need to figure out the final finishing. I really haven’t figured out how to use a scraper yet. I watch videos and it seems super easy – in practice, I’m obviously doing something wrong. I end up relying on sandpaper. I also want to start finishing with milk paint – Peter Galbert has some pretty spectacular pieces on his site and I’d like to try to get as close as I can. Using the travisher was fun – unlike the scraper, it was intuitive for me. Just need a good drawknife now.

-- Todd

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