Natural Hickory Bar Stool

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Project by DKFL posted 02-13-2012 04:24 AM 3269 views 8 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of the big hickory trees near my home came down the past fall, and while removing it, I found that it had a really pretty grain patter. After cutting another piece for a friend’s project, I set upon making something out of what’s left. I plan on making an entire set, but this is the prototype.

My woodworking toolset isn’t very extensive, so the majority of this work was done by hand. Cut a disc 3” thick about 14” in diameter and started in on it with a block planer.

After considerable elbow grease with aforementioned block planer, I got all the chainsaw marks out of it. Also beveled the top a little since I intended to keep the bark and didn’t want it to scratch anyone.

Partway through the fabrication of the structure. I decided to make the entire thing out of material obtained from my property, so no dowels here. I hand cut the tenons and mortises with a chisel and a dremel tool. Used a battery operated circular saw with the depth set high to score a line around the end of the foot pegs then chiseled and sanded those to fit the holes in the legs. Since every piece on it is unique, everything had to be made to fit.

I finally got to the dry fit stage this afternoon. I have to admit it’s pretty hard to get something square and true when every piece of it is different.

Two coats of Tung oil later

Tools used: Battery operated circular saw, chainsaw, drill, Dremel tool, hammer, chisel, hammer, block planer, nail set
Fasteners: Glue, 8d finish nails
Finish: Tung oil

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#1 posted 02-13-2012 04:39 AM

really nice… I like hickory… the stool looks great!

-- As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another. (Proverbs 27:17) †

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#3 posted 02-13-2012 06:04 AM

This was definitely a tree worth saving. Nice stool…...................

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#4 posted 02-13-2012 07:13 AM

Looks great

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#5 posted 02-13-2012 10:15 AM

It’s very rustic; I like it.

helluvawreck aka Charles

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#6 posted 02-13-2012 11:15 AM

Rustic stil,very well !!!


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#7 posted 02-13-2012 01:50 PM

Beautiful job. That is definitely a well done piece.

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#8 posted 02-13-2012 02:28 PM

A set of those would be stunning in a log home! Thanks for posting!

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#9 posted 02-13-2012 05:08 PM

Certainly one of a kind. I like the idea of using a slice of log for the seat. Its great that you made this with hand tools and all wood from your property. Welcome to LumberJocks!!

-- I haven't had this much fun since hogs ate my little brother.

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#10 posted 02-13-2012 05:21 PM

Wow, look at the top of those. That is one sweet stool.

-- Michael and Matthew

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#11 posted 02-13-2012 07:16 PM

Nice stool. I guess you need to wear long trousers when sitting on this stool….LOL I like it.

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#12 posted 02-14-2012 01:21 AM

Very Nice!!!!

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