Dovetailed Aztec-Vibe Stool

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Project by BirdlandCreations posted 04-05-2008 04:01 AM 1845 views 1 time favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Made this stool as the first project for my intro class at Red Rocks Community College. I had only done 5 dovetails prior to this in practice just a week before, so not the greatest dovetail work but good experience.

Made this out of Oak and Poplar, and a Beech stretcher. design pieces are rough oak and a poplar diamond.

-- Steven Weber Jr., A Mile High @

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#1 posted 04-05-2008 04:07 AM

very nice looking bench especially for a first project. I wish my first set of dovetails had come any where near as good. did you hand cut or rout them.

-- Pyromedic602, free wood is always good wood

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#2 posted 04-05-2008 04:32 AM


This is an interesting design and you have some nice details on this stool. Your dovetails look ok and with practice they will get better.

Thanks for the post.

-- Challenges are what make life interesting; overcoming them is what makes life meaningful- Joshua Marine

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#3 posted 04-05-2008 04:52 AM

Sure looks like you are catching on to dovetails!

-- Gary - Never pass up the opportunity to make a mistake look like you planned it that way - Tyler, TX

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#4 posted 04-05-2008 04:56 AM

good posting … looking forward to seeing more of your work

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#5 posted 04-05-2008 05:02 AM

that’s great (and creative too)

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#6 posted 04-05-2008 05:40 AM

Good sturdy looking stool. I agree that the dovetails are not 100% perfect, but they certainly aren’t bad and will you will only get better with practice. Good job.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#7 posted 04-05-2008 02:55 PM

Very nice project – interesting detail for a bench.

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#8 posted 04-05-2008 03:58 PM

Nice bench, really like the tusks. mike

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#9 posted 04-05-2008 04:59 PM

Nice, I’d like to know more about the brace that runs through the center. Are the decorative pieces at the joint part of the joint or just decoration? I looks like these pieces pass through the leg and are part of the joint.

-- Terry Roswell, L.A. (Lower Alabama) "Life is what happens to you when you are making other plans."

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#10 posted 04-05-2008 06:37 PM

This piece has decorations glued onto it with spare wood pieces, the stretcher goes all the way through and I used a spoke shave for the first time ever to make the nice curves jet out the way the do. I appreciate the feedback from the community here, and i honestly dont like the dovetails but you have to start somewhere. I have gotten some good experience with dovetails since this project with practices joints, drawer joints for the bird box, and a carcass box practice.

-- Steven Weber Jr., A Mile High @

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#11 posted 02-10-2010 07:05 PM

Dovetails are probably the hardest joint for a beginner, hence the reason I stay clear of them… lol
Good job on your early attempts at them… I have heard through the grapevine, that if you practice them enough, you actually get good at them… yet another challenge for us beginners…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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