Stickley Tabouret

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Project by brianl posted 01-09-2012 10:14 PM 3082 views 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this tabouret based on the plans from Robert Lang’s “Shop Drawings for Craftsman Furniture. It’s a reproduction of the StickleyNumber 603 Tabouret. The entire project was completed using only hand tools with the exception of the mortises. I like being a galoot, but I’m not crazy enough to do mortises by hand.

It’s built from Walnut and it stands about 20” tall and 18” in diameter. A perfect height for a side table.

The hardest part of the entire project was shaping the top. Getting it round enough took twice as long as every other part of the build.

The legs are attached to the corbels with pegged mortise and tennon joints. The corbels themselves are joined with a half-lap joint.

The stretchers are dovetailed into the legs.

The top is attached using two screws set into slots allowing seasonal movement. Initially I wasn’t going to put height adjusters on the bottoms of the legs, but I live in an old house and the floors are so uneven the tabouret wobbled.

The finish is the same glaze that I used on my last project, the mirror frame. On top of the glaze is three coats of poly, finished with dark brown wax.

-- Brian - Belmont, Massachusetts

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#1 posted 01-09-2012 10:31 PM

Hey Brian
Now that’s down right beautiful. I would have expected White oak but walnut really makes it stand out.

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#2 posted 01-09-2012 10:42 PM

Very nice job, Brian. I like the walnut too. I’m planning on making some A&C pieces for myself out of walnut.
Got to have a little variety. Thanks for the post.

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#3 posted 01-10-2012 12:02 AM

Great job Brian, I too like the walnut warmth and character.

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#4 posted 01-10-2012 01:01 AM

Wow what a solid looking piece, and a great finish on it too. That thing is going to last a LONG time.

-- Don, Royersford, PA

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#5 posted 01-10-2012 01:49 AM

Excellent table. You’ve done great work with all the hand cut joinery. I like the pegged mortice and tenon joints. I’m sure this table will last for many many years.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#6 posted 01-10-2012 03:16 AM

Nice job on table. I’ve made one myself, but not with just hand tools (except for mortises). You are right, they are the perfect height for a chair. I have another one on the list to make in mahogany. The walnut is tempting though. Beautiful job on the table.

-- Ben in Va

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#7 posted 01-11-2012 01:03 AM

Very nice. I’ll take two!

-- Kinky Friedman: "The first thing I'll do if I'm elected is demand a recount."

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#8 posted 02-26-2012 05:51 AM

Really nice, and because it was made by hand, with minimal power tools I bet you appreciate it a lot more. Thanks fro posting.

-- Martin ....always count the number of fingers you have before, and after using the saw.

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