ADB Staked High Stool

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Project by Pat3 posted 11-14-2018 06:01 PM 1125 views 2 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I never thought I could build a chair until I read the ADB several years ago. It took a while to get all the other projects completed for everyone else, now I could move onto trying chair making for me.

My goal for making this stool was to learn new techniques to help me in making chairs. My only requirement was not to spend any money on wood since I did not know how badly I might screw this up. The seat is a piece of Douglass Fir, center of the board and the legs and stretchers are Port Orford Cedar. I already had the LV tapered tenon cutter and reamer. I knew I had a lot to learn, here are some of the things: making a square stick into an octagon, making tapered octagons, using a draw knife for the first time, laying out and drilling the angled holes, making a straight tenon using a rasp, etc…

I made several mistakes: using the wrong piece of wood for the seat (which I knew but didn’t care since this was a learning project), reamed 1 seat hole at the wrong angle, used the wrong tool for one side of the tapered octagon on the front stretcher, drilled the back leg stretcher hole at the wrong height and angle, cut the wedges to thick (the 2 degree wedge just didn’t look right to my eye), had the tapered tenon cutter set to aggressive, had to much of the leg tenon sticking out of the seat so the wedges did not seat fully into the seat, and the real bone head move was forgetting to put glue in the leg mortises and leg tenons-for some reason I got into a hurry trying to get the leg/stretcher assy into the seat and aligned properly that I plum forgot to glue the top of the joints.

Even without the glue in the leg joints, this stool is solid and sits very comfortably. Not sure how long it is going to last, but it was a good learning experience, which is just what I wanted.

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#1 posted 11-14-2018 06:08 PM

Insanely jealous, I am! This is exactly the project and reasoning for the project I’ve been pursuing mentally for several months.

Congrats, it looks great! Thanks for posting, Pat.

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#2 posted 11-14-2018 09:27 PM

Thanks Smitty! Looking forward to see how yours turns out.

I just got back from the sawmill after picking up 10bf of vertical grain Port Orford Cedar that will become the seats for the two ADB Staked Chairs I will be starting soon. First I need to do a few things: sharpen all my tools, escpecially the draw knife, build a form to bend the wood for the crest rail, make a new v jig holder for tapering and shaping the legs and spindles, etc…

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#3 posted 11-15-2018 02:00 AM

Well done! I made a couple of these and made similar mistakes but the design is really forgiving. Can’t wait to see what else you do.

-- Bill - Rochester MI

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#4 posted 11-15-2018 03:13 AM

Thanks Bill.

Next up is making two of the Staked Chairs. First one will be Cedar seat and crest with Walnut legs and spindles. The second chair will be Cedar seat and crest with Maple for the legs and spindles.

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#5 posted 11-15-2018 10:02 AM

Nice work,
Is that your own design?
Good job

-- Hand Skills provide freedom.

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#6 posted 11-15-2018 04:37 PM

Thanks but it is not my design, it is designed by Chris Schwarz. He wrote a book called “The Anarchist’s Design Book” and is adding five more projects to the book, this stool is one of those projects.

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