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3 legged stool with epoxy inlay

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Project by blakeiscoolandhip posted 02-28-2021 09:52 PM 463 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I got this idea of inlaying tree branches into wood by watching one of my favorite YouTube channels (HomeMade in Lviv). check out that guy by the way. His stuff is mind blowing!

This is my first stool project. I am using is more as practice as I don’t ever use this thing. It just sits in my garage.

Seat: I glued three 2×4’s together. Hand sawed them to a rough circle and then used a rasp and a file to get it somewhat round. I planned it again after gluing because I did not square up the joints as perfectly as I should have. I used pieces of a tree branch (the dead one that fell in my front yard….same branch from my mallet project) and cut them into 1/4” slices.

I then aligned them up in an interesting pattern and traced out where to route.

Drilling the holes in the seat for the legs was a challenge. I did not account for where the glued edges of the 2×4’s would be. So one of the legs sits right on a seam. Not a big deal…..yet. I made a jig out of scrap to saw at a 12 degree angle, however I only made it for one axis. They are all perfectly drilled at the angle from the center but as a result, one of the legs is not square with the base. Lesson learned.

I also cracked 2 of the legs when I pounded in the wedges. So I’m going to have to figure out why that happened and practice again on another piece.

I used contractors glue instead of wood glue for the inlays. After it dried I sawed them flush and planed the seat flush.

For finishing I just used 3 coats of an oil based poly.





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blakeiscoolandhip

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#1 posted 02-28-2021 09:59 PM

I got this idea of inlaying tree branches into wood by watching one of my favorite YouTube channels (HomeMade in Lviv). check out that guy by the way. His stuff is mind blowing!

This is my first stool project. I am using is more as practice as I don’t ever use this thing. It just sits in my garage.

Seat: I glued three 2×4’s together. Hand sawed them to a rough circle and then used a rasp and a file to get it somewhat round. I planned it again after gluing because I did not square up the joints as perfectly as I should have. I used pieces of a tree branch (the dead one that fell in my front yard….same branch from my mallet project) and cut them into 1/4” slices.

I then aligned them up in an interesting pattern and traced out where to route.

Drilling the holes in the seat for the legs was a challenge. I did not account for where the glued edges of the 2×4’s would be. So one of the legs sits right on a seam. Not a big deal…..yet. I made a jig out of scrap to saw at a 12 degree angle, however I only made it for one axis. They are all perfectly drilled at the angle from the center but as a result, one of the legs is not square with the base. Lesson learned.

I also cracked 2 of the legs when I pounded in the wedges. So I’m going to have to figure out why that happened and practice again on another piece.

I used contractors glue instead of wood glue for the inlays. After it dried I sawed them flush and planed the seat flush.

For finishing I just used 3 coats of an oil based poly.

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#2 posted 02-28-2021 10:03 PM

That’s a different look. Nice project..

-- mtnwild (Jack), It's not what you see, it's how you see it.

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#3 posted 03-01-2021 02:05 AM

Nice work. I like the look of the inlay on the stool.

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#4 posted 03-01-2021 06:33 AM

Very cool looking!!!

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#5 posted 03-02-2021 03:41 AM

I like the looks of it too. Well done. Too bad you don’t use it. It looks sturdy and functional. You should put it to work.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#6 posted 03-03-2021 05:18 AM



I like the looks of it too. Well done. Too bad you don t use it. It looks sturdy and functional. You should put it to work.

- Skylark53

Thanks. I’m sure it would fall apart eventually. It was a practice piece. One of the legs sits about 5 degrees off to the left and they’re made of cedar…I hope to make a jig that will improve my accuracy with drilling square.

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