1st post! - Walnut Stool with Hollywood Wedges

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Project by CelloJones posted 10-14-2018 05:46 AM 2978 views 0 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Long-time lurker, first time poster…

Here’s a little walnut footstool from a board that a friend was about to take to the thrift store, from some relative’s farm’s front yard. Rough-sawn, dried forever, and cupped as all get out. Maybe 6 feet long, 8” wide tapering to a couple inches. Wedges for tenons from Holly, finished in mineral oil and beeswax. Last picture shows the chunks that are left over. Second to last picture shows my stocking feet getting oily.

I was able to section out enough parts to create a tight little wedged tenon stool. All hand tools. No electricity involved, beyond the lights and hours of YouTube. (Ok, and the electricity required to build, buy and ship my tools and drive the piece of wood to my shop…). Wedges from a Holly tree down the street from which I grabbed every straight-ish chunk I could load in the truck.

Ended up a little more rustic than I expected with some worm damage weakening some of the hard edges, not being too great at creating the paneled edge top, a few gaps in the joinery, some overcut wedge kerfs, and the odd errant mortise gauge lines… And some carved accent lines with a v-tool that wander and vary in depth on occasion and not being very careful…or rather not being careful at all in creating wedges that were uniform. Oh and I blew out of one of the top mortises with my auger, so there’s a little window to the floor. A gift for my kids’ ‘cello teacher (her boyfriend gave me the board). I’ll list the faults here, so that when I give it to her, I won’t list them off obsessively as we are wont to do.

Pacific Northwest Late Night Woodworker

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Dave Polaschek

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#1 posted 10-14-2018 10:56 AM

Looks like a nice little stool, David. I’m sure she’ll appreciate it.

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#2 posted 10-14-2018 02:41 PM

Very nice David, a good design and well done. I have learned (took me 22 years) not to mention any flaws or mistakes which are invariably are a part of all my projects as I am usually the only one who notices or even cares about them.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#3 posted 10-14-2018 05:05 PM

Fine work and a very neat design too.

It has a charm that is very great.

That will become someone’s heirloom.

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

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#4 posted 10-14-2018 08:28 PM

Thanks for the kind words. I like the way you all think. Don’t know why I waited so long to post. More to come!

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#5 posted 10-14-2018 09:22 PM

For a lurker, that’s pretty good!

-- Petey

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#6 posted 10-15-2018 01:23 AM

A very nice stool. Love the contrast with the Holly.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#7 posted 10-15-2018 08:58 AM

Don’t you love it when a trashy piece of wood turns into a very lovely piece of art. Great job

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#8 posted 10-15-2018 12:59 PM

I really like the contrast of the holly wedges, good job!

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