Contemporary Bar Stool

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Project by Canadian Woodworks posted 10-01-2010 04:35 PM 4762 views 15 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As soon as I saw a sketch by Sam Maloof in his book I wanted to build a bar stool in his style. So rather then re-invent the wheel it just so happen a Mr. Scott Morrison has already built some bar stools in his style. I ordered his templates and video instructions.

We’ve been building rocking chairs designed by Hal taylor. Now after building many chairs our little style additions have been refined mostly to do with sculpting. There’s a fine line on taking enough or not taking enough wood off when sculpting, we now have a feel for how we want our lines to flow and feel.

With a little experience adjusting Hal design, we decided to slightly adapt the bar stool design.

The main difference is that we use a 1/2’’ notch and 1/2’’ rabbit bit, that means the Maloof joints at the seat are twice as deep ( stronger in my opinion ) as the glue surface is doubled, probably don’t need the screws in the stool at the leg set joints but it looks great will all the plugs, so we still reinforced with screws, can’t hurt!

We use the seat lines of our rocking chair seat in the seat of the bar stool, we used Hals technique of kerfing the leg seat joint with a flush trim saw and then cutting and almost finish sanding the entire legs before assembly.

Thanks all for having a look

As always if you want some more detailed pictures you can visit my site – Custom rocking chairs and Tables

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#1 posted 10-01-2010 04:39 PM

Awesome! Good thing I am well in the middle of my stool project – otherwise I would be starting over. The lines are gorgeous!

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#2 posted 10-01-2010 04:43 PM

Great looking stool, smooth lines and I love the plugs…

-- David, Mesa Arizona

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#3 posted 10-01-2010 04:48 PM

It’s awesome.Love it.

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#4 posted 10-01-2010 04:52 PM

My God!
What can I say – BEAUTIFUL.
Best thoughts,

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

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#5 posted 10-01-2010 04:52 PM

Wow Paul, that is just fantastic!

I also like the plugs.

Excellent work, but then again, I think we’ve come to expect nothing less from you.

-- Jonathan, Denver, CO "Constructive criticism is welcome and valued as it gives me new perspectives and helps me to advance as a woodworker."

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Canadian Woodworks

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#6 posted 10-01-2010 04:54 PM

Come on guys don’t you have anything nice to say? LOL

-- Paul Lemiski, Ontario Canada, Custom Wooden Rocking chairs and tables

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#7 posted 10-01-2010 05:51 PM

I love it!

-- Thomas - there are no problems, there are only solutions.

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#8 posted 10-01-2010 06:51 PM

beautiful piece it really looks good

-- Life is enjoyable especially when you borrow from people

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#9 posted 10-01-2010 06:52 PM

That’s a great looking chair. Very nicely crafted!

-- Greg - Vancouver, BC

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#10 posted 10-01-2010 07:00 PM

That is a beautiful bar stool. I love the design and the wood and finish look great. Good work.

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#11 posted 10-01-2010 07:18 PM

Too nice to use in an actual bar!

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#12 posted 10-01-2010 08:10 PM

Nice design beautiful.

-- Dave Arizona

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#13 posted 10-01-2010 08:34 PM

Exceptional piece.

-- Daniel -

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Dennis Zongker

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#14 posted 10-02-2010 12:46 AM

Excellent Craftsmanship! Great Job.

-- Dennis Zongker

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#15 posted 10-02-2010 05:48 AM

I would love to build a set of those. I’ll get around to it, after I finish the other 22,000 projects I’ve seen here. Outstanding results!

-- so much wood, so little time. Bradford. Wood-a-holics unanimous president

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