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Project by JerryLH posted 09-22-2019 06:29 PM 617 views 2 times favorited 25 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I cut & milled the trees these stools are made from here on our home place. I fully planned on putting the slabs together as Bookmatched—there was no turning back when I discovered what I had done.
I leveled center line of my log pretty straight when I sawed it up – I took the two slabs just off center and had every intention of whatever the stools turned out to look like they would be bookmatched as a pair. As You can see – the 2nd chair was ‘not’ set up as bookmatched – had they been bookmatched, like I intended, the two tops of the stools would point toward each other instead of the same direction.
As to species – eastern red cedar, the splines are cherry in one and mahogany in the other (scrap pieces).
The finish is shellac. I started with a 1/2 lb mix of garnett flakes. The subsequent coats were the same garnett (1 lb) but tinted with trans tint red & dark walnut – I wanted to tone down the red & darken the white of the cedar. When I tested the tinted shellac directly on the cedar it blotched badly. If I put down one coat of non tinted followed by the tinted I got pretty close to what I wanted. I then used 0000 steel wool & mineral oil to get the final soft luster.

-- Develop your character -- for it becomes your destiny. Jerry - Mannford, Ok





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Ivan

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#1 posted 09-22-2019 06:38 PM

....not from this world!!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 09-22-2019 06:50 PM

Those are awsome!

-- Petey

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#3 posted 09-22-2019 07:22 PM

Cant even begin to imagine how many man-hours of sanding youve done for these.

Finish looks great!!!

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: It is wiser to find out, than to suppose (S. Clemens)

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#4 posted 09-22-2019 07:39 PM


Cant even begin to imagine how many man-hours of sanding youve done for these.

Finish looks great!!!

- wildwoodbybrianjohns


Thanks kindly. I don’t know but I can say there was a pot load of them!! Thanks for the kind words.

-- Develop your character -- for it becomes your destiny. Jerry - Mannford, Ok

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wncguy

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#5 posted 09-22-2019 08:43 PM

Magnificent!

-- Any man can be a father, but it takes someone special to be a Dad

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#6 posted 09-22-2019 10:03 PM

Love the look! I’d really like to see more pictures as the back leg has me really fascinated!

-- Mike, A Yooper with a drawl, http://www.artcentergraphics.com

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#7 posted 09-22-2019 11:21 PM

wow just beautiful,book matched or not those are very cool,incredible work.and yeah more pic’s if posible.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#8 posted 09-22-2019 11:47 PM

Stunning!

-- Gary, Florida

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JerryLH

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#9 posted 09-22-2019 11:56 PM

The legs are my disappointment. Much of what I do has few straight lines and in this case I really wish I had applied that to the legs exterior lines which would have complimented the enterior lines.

-- Develop your character -- for it becomes your destiny. Jerry - Mannford, Ok

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#10 posted 09-23-2019 02:25 AM

So very unique. They are just fun to look at. I’d be interested to know your process for creating and contouring the holes. They are so organic looking. Your miter spline method is pretty cool too.

-- Galootish log blog, http://www.timberframe-tools.com

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#11 posted 09-23-2019 03:29 AM


So very unique. They are just fun to look at. I d be interested to know your process for creating and contouring the holes. They are so organic looking. Your miter spline method is pretty cool too.

- swirt

Follow the grain and let the wood tell me what shouldn’t be there. The voids are very much in line with grain of the wood. I don’t mean to be flippant – but that really is pretty much how I determined what came out and what stayed. Pretty much all I knew was I wanted to ‘lighten’ these 2.5 to 3” flat, no personality solid slabs. By the time I got to the 2nd chair I had a much better feel—of where I was headed. ‘Lightening’ the chair was further attained by creating as much curvature as I could in the back, the seat and the front leg section. Organic is very much one of the terms I use to myself concerning the overall ‘Organic Curves” that I strive for.

-- Develop your character -- for it becomes your destiny. Jerry - Mannford, Ok

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#12 posted 09-23-2019 01:13 PM

Unachievable excellent work. That is some fine craftsmanship involved in these. Well done.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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MrFid

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#13 posted 09-23-2019 01:16 PM

Wow super job on these. They look amazing. I love your yard as well.

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#14 posted 09-23-2019 02:22 PM

WOW you blew my mind with these Masterpieces a true craftsman GREAT JOB :<))) GRATZ TOP 3

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#15 posted 09-23-2019 08:20 PM

Love the organic feel to them.
Great design and they’ve turned out beautiful.
Jon

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