Oak Tree Makes Stool

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Project by cross_wings_wood posted 11-28-2019 10:30 AM 1254 views 3 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a fun project. My brother-in-law and I cut down several rather large live oak trees at his ranch. The trees had died in the drought several years ago and fallen down on his fence line. I saved a few trunks and cookies, and hauled them home.

The wood remained in our backyard firewood pile for a while until I woke up one morning in the mood to carve. So, I dusted off the angle grinder, retrieved a Kutzall shaping disc and a dust mask from my toolbox and started grinding.

The slab had cracked quite a bit in the drying process. I filled the cracks and knot holes with black epoxy before attaching the legs and final sanding. I liked the contrast and the epoxy should also help stabilize the wood. I routed four deep slots into the bottom of the seat for the legs, and attached them with some epoxy and a long wood screw. Don’t know how much it weighs but, it’s heavy. Would take quite a punt to move it at all.

Honestly I didn’t plan this design in advance. I like highly contoured furniture but that was the only thing in mind when I started. Since the wood came from my BiL’s ranch, that should add some sentimental value also. It’ll probably be a gift for a family member this Christmas.

-- Richard, Austin TX - "Every repair job is really just an upgrade oppty in disguise!"

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#1 posted 11-28-2019 11:22 AM

REALLY neat stool ?

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 11-28-2019 02:37 PM

That is a beautiful stool. I have some old live oak lumber that I saved from a large oak that died in our back yard. It is beautiful wood when you get it worked down, but it is the hardest wood that I work. you did good.

-- Isaiah 40:31

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#3 posted 11-28-2019 03:05 PM

I like it. I might have to give that I try the next time I get a piece of live oak big enough. I might even try carving the legs and seat out a single piece.

I really like working with live oak. It is so dense it actually doesn’t (or just barely) float(s) when wet. It is my go-to for making mallets and I have turned several bowls. Even though it is one of the hardest native trees in North America, it actually turns pretty well on the lathe.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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#4 posted 11-28-2019 05:47 PM

Very pretty and a FANTASTIC JOB!

AlSO a fine rescue too! Firewood that escapes the smoke factory is awesonme.

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

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#5 posted 11-28-2019 06:17 PM

Great job with the shaping! Beautiful work.
That is fantastic and very unique. I love the flowing curves of all the legs and seat.

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#6 posted 11-28-2019 08:06 PM

That is sooo very neat!!

-- “We all die. The goal isn't to live forever; the goal is to create something that will.” - Chuck Palahniuk

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#7 posted 11-28-2019 08:28 PM

Very nice stool!! Its an art to making something like this! Good job!
May I ask what was the finish used?

-- Diego Cassels

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#8 posted 11-28-2019 11:37 PM

Very nice stool!! Its an art to making something like this! Good job!
May I ask what was the finish used?

- Diego Cassels

Hello Diego,
For this project, I sealed and then sprayed a couple layers of satin finish urethane.

-- Richard, Austin TX - "Every repair job is really just an upgrade oppty in disguise!"

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#9 posted 11-29-2019 12:24 AM

that’s fantastic, great job. It really shines

-- Ty

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#10 posted 11-29-2019 02:16 AM

wow, i really like this, and great rendition of a idea using something that one has pondered on for some time, the filled cracks make it stand out nicely with the wood flavor
really nice.
thanks for sharing
Rj in az

-- Living the dream

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#11 posted 11-29-2019 04:57 AM

very nice and well done.

-- Brian - Hazelton, British Columbia

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#12 posted 11-29-2019 10:17 AM

Incredible wood and shape!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#13 posted 11-29-2019 02:08 PM

Wonderful design and beautiful craftsmanship. A real keeper for the ages.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#14 posted 11-30-2019 06:14 AM

Beautiful. Love the design with that grain and whatever finish you used on it, really make it stand out. Excellent job !!! Mel

-- MEL, Kansas

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#15 posted 12-01-2019 03:00 AM

I like the contour you created on the seat. It looks very natural.

-- Galootish log blog,

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