Pair of Asian Inspired Stools

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Project by KnotCurser posted 05-01-2011 12:48 AM 2606 views 7 times favorited 7 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Quite a few months ago, a co-worker of mine requested I make her a distressed, oak stool.

A “trick” I use from time to time to get additional business is to take the finished piece into work and leave it by my desk for at least a day before I hand it over to it’s new owner. This always get attention, and in this case a new customer.

In this case, the order was for a pair of stools for Father’s Day Gifts – one for each Dad.

The best part is, she gave me total artistic freedom! Design, woods used, general size – the works! What a customer!!!

A long time ago I remember seeing an Asian inspired design for an outdoor bench in a WoodSmith Magazine. I dug it out of my archives and it fit the bill nicely. All I had to do was shorten it from 36 inches to 24 inches and get rid of some false through-tenons in the seat top.

The woods I chose were Redwood and Walnut. These two compliment each other nicely in that “Yin-Yang” sort of way. Soft and Hard. Dark and Light. Yadda Yadda Yadda. All the parts are an inch and a quarter thick.

I also loved the ten degree angles used throughout the project – it really lends some great lines to this stool. It really made some of the cuts a challenge, but it was easily worth the effort.

The other neat feature of this stool is that it uses only wood joinery – no screws or nails. The crosspiece is held together by a couple of dadoes and long pins tying it to legs. (See Pic 3). The top is held on with eight two inch long dowels.

I am glad I decided to save the offcuts from the legs as they made perfect clamping cauls later on. (See Pic 4).

Finish consists of two coats of tung oil and four of five coats of paste wax on the seat top.

I hope she likes these as much as liked making them!



-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#1 posted 05-01-2011 05:28 AM

Wonderful! Great story too, Thanks!

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#2 posted 05-01-2011 12:32 PM

Hey Bob,
I like ‘em.

The wood choice looks wonderful. They look strong as buffalo.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#3 posted 05-01-2011 04:34 PM


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#4 posted 05-01-2011 10:03 PM

Somebody asked if there was an arch on the bottom of the legs.

Yup, there is. You can see half of it In pic s.


-- Robert Rhoades WoodWorks / Email: [email protected] /

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#5 posted 05-04-2011 09:11 PM

I just saw these and they are really cool! I love the combination of wood you used. They are so attractive! Artistic freedom is the best way to go! Your is truly a gift!

Sheila :)

-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#6 posted 09-01-2011 02:40 PM

love the design….these r great

-- "...if america is any indication, i was born into one great big vacation...." RMB

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#7 posted 02-16-2012 02:54 PM

Amazing footstools! Love the design. I am looking for a good design for a grandchild’s stool. Something that can be used when they are young and treasured when they grow old to pass down to their children. We have air dryed black cherry from our property that we would like to use. Do you give an estimate for such custom work? One of our granddaughters lives in Pasadena, Maryland, I think that is close to you.
Your website is very cool the way the images load!
Thank you,

-- Jo, Danville PA, Fine Art by Jo

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