Chinese Stool

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Project by Bill Akins posted 03-27-2012 03:47 PM 4740 views 8 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

After reading The Anarchist Toolchest by Chris Schwarz I purchased the video and halfway through it you can see Chris sitting on a stool like this. I became fascinated with the stool so after some research I found the Popular Woodworking article by Robert Lang. I used a slab of black locust my Dad gave me years ago, he received from a friend who brought it to Georgia from Delaware. Very hard and dense wood. This is a challenging project that involves 9 mortis and tenon joints, none of which are square. I turned the recess in the seat on my lathe. I finished with 2 coats shellac/BLO/alcohol mix. Then 3 coats wiping varnish. After curing I used EEE polish and Renaisance wax. I am taking one of them to my Dad this weekend. I took the one I am keeping to the Atlanta Wood Working show. Our group, the MOdern Woodworkers Association had a booth where we brought some of our projects. I have made a series of 5 videos: Not the best video quality but you can see the process.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#1 posted 03-27-2012 03:56 PM

That’s funny, just two days ago I was showing my wife one of these and that I would like to build one. Now I really have to.

Great work. Any tips or pitfalls you care to share on this one?

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#2 posted 03-27-2012 04:50 PM

The article says your joinery has to be loose to fit the whole thing together, jsut use several shims to fill in the gaps. I used wedged tenons on the seat. Also it said to use a chairmakers scorp to hollow out the seat or a drinder but I used my lathe instead.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#3 posted 03-27-2012 04:54 PM

Very Nice work! Great lookig stools!
Thanks for sharing.

-- Robert B. Sabina, Ohio.....

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#4 posted 03-27-2012 04:55 PM

Very Nice !!!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#5 posted 03-27-2012 05:09 PM

I remember seeing this stool and wishing that I had the skills to build it. You did a great job on both of yours ! Dad will be very pleased : )

-- I'm absolutely positive that I couldn't be more uncertain!

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#6 posted 03-27-2012 05:09 PM

Awesome, this looks really comfortable.

-- - Power is not revealed by striking hard or often, but by striking true. -

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#7 posted 03-27-2012 05:10 PM

Nice stools. I drew this out in SU a while back with some modifications. Thanks for the reminder that I need to get back to this.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#8 posted 03-27-2012 05:49 PM

You can only sit on one, so send the other my way :) They look great. Thanks for the videos.

-- Mike, Missouri --- “A positive life can not happen with a negative mind.” ---

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#9 posted 03-27-2012 06:18 PM

Bill, I watched the youtube videos and love this build. Great stools and I know your dad will love the one you give him. Great project.

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#10 posted 03-27-2012 09:09 PM

Great stools, and great build thanks for posting the video too.

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

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#11 posted 03-27-2012 09:19 PM

They looks great , even every one would make some and sell them to the people of china we could help balance the trade situation

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#12 posted 03-27-2012 11:04 PM

That is awesome, thanks for sharing

-- I never finish anyth

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#13 posted 03-28-2012 01:03 AM

You did a great job on these. They look pretty complicated to construct but you nailed it. Love the black locust and the finish. You mixed shellac/BLO/alcohol together? Never heard of that one but it looks great!

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#14 posted 03-28-2012 01:58 AM

Very Cool. Thanks for posting.

-- " 'woodworker''s a good word, an honest word." - Sam Maloof

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#15 posted 03-28-2012 08:10 AM

Very nice fit and finish.

Well done and thanks for sharing.

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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