Black Walnut Stool, Texas Style

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Project by MUST58GT posted 01-19-2020 12:51 PM 490 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We have a small, inexpensive stool in our closet, we use it almost every day. I’ve been wanting to replace it with a nice stool for a while. Happens I had a tall, 10” diameter walnut trunk that sat outside my shop for ~2 years before cutting the log into slabs for this project. My wife has also requested a few dining room chairs someday, so another objective for this project was to refresh my “maloof joint” making skills.

I was somewhat surprised to see the deep color and variegated grain patterns in the wood. It would definitely be difficult to find that much excitement in walnut at my local fine lumber supplier.

Before gluing the pieces that form the seat, I cut the contour of each piece on my bandsaw to minimize carving. After gluing, I finished carving the seat with a Kutzal blade and 60 grit sanding disk on my angle grinder.

Next step was notching the corners of the seat and legs with a Maloof-style joint. I had already cut the outside profile of the seat so the legs would hug the contour of the seat. I made templates for both front and side of the legs so that the legs curve outward a bit, making the stool even more stable.

After numbering the legs and slots, I coached the legs onto the seat with my leather mallet and glued with titebond #2. I cut the top off the legs of with my hand saw and final sanded to 320 grit.

I don’t normally use stain on walnut but there was so much contrast in the top of the stool I used a light pecan stain to tone it down slightly and finished with a few wipe on coats of arm-r-seal, tung and boiled linseed oil. Final step was branding the seat top with my mark.

Now it sits in our closet, for no one else in the world to see … except us.

Thanks for looking!

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

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#1 posted 01-19-2020 02:25 PM

You sure do some beautiful, high quality work Richard!
Thats a great stool.

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#2 posted 01-19-2020 02:35 PM

WOW !!

-- 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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#3 posted 01-19-2020 02:37 PM

You sure do some beautiful, high quality work Richard!
Thats a great stool.

- MrWolfe

I retired a couple years ago so I have more time in the shop. My wife calls it my happy place, which I suppose is fairly accurate. Thanks for the kind words, much appreciated.

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

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#4 posted 01-19-2020 04:15 PM

Flat out beautiful!

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#5 posted 01-19-2020 05:08 PM

That is spectacular looking, it’s a shame it will be hidden in a closet. Congrats on your DT3

-- John D, OP, KS

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#6 posted 01-19-2020 05:31 PM

That is one beautiful piece of wood, you did right by it!

-- Lifting one end of the plank.

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#7 posted 01-19-2020 07:33 PM

thats a gorgeous stool,that wood is beautiful.nice work on the maloof joints.

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

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#8 posted 01-20-2020 01:09 AM

Beautiful stool, good workmanship, Job well done.

-- Soli Deo gloria!

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#9 posted 01-20-2020 02:27 AM

Beautiful stool from a great piece of wood. Well done.

-- Galootish log blog,

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#10 posted 01-20-2020 05:28 AM

Beautiful lumber and great design and craftsmanship! Inspiring project! Thank you for sharing.

-- "If you're not counting the ripples when throwing pebbles in the water, you're wasting your time."

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#11 posted 01-20-2020 02:30 PM

This stool is so col! Wood is just unreal!

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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