Thomas Moser Project: Calligraphy Stool

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Project by Byron posted 08-17-2013 01:38 PM 5468 views 25 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This stool was designed based off a brief from Thomas Moser during my last quarter at RIT.
Our brief:
In collaboration with Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers, students from the Furniture Design Program at the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology were challenged to design and propose a stool that embodies the Thos. Moser aesthetic, while expressing the unique perspective of the designer. Qualities considered critical to the design’s success and neccessary to align with the Thos. Moser brand include: dedication to quality, commitment to function, formal simplicity, use + celebration of natural materials, and an emphasis on craftsmanship. The design should illustrate a clear understanding of the standard manufacturing practices of Thos. Moser and the solution should employ construction techniques synonomous with the Moser vernacular.

Included in this was a requirement to design a stool available at three different heights without needing different parts for each height. Basically the legs could just be cut where needed.

Typically chairs have a back rest fastened to the back rail. I chose to eliminate this and merge them into one, increasing its strength. The shaping of the seat creates a beautiful pattern to appear in the grain, showcasing the natural beauty of wood. This stool is also very comfortable!

The bridals for the back rest were cut on a multi-router after the initial shaping, everything was based of these joints.

A lamination for a back leg, I use epoxy for these

We were able to use the engineers 3D printer for models

Still doing some fitting, everything is still in the square

Laying out the last of the joinery on the rear legs

It’s finally shedding! The joinery is done and I can shape everything

All the parts!

The drawing

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-- Byron Conn, Woodworking/Furniture Design at Rochester Institute of Technology,

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#1 posted 08-17-2013 02:13 PM

Very nice work Byron a very cool design and a creative build.


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#2 posted 08-17-2013 02:25 PM


-- Joel

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#3 posted 08-17-2013 03:16 PM

This is amazing in both design and execution. The floating chair seat is a particularly elegant touch.

Did you make or buy the horizontal mortiser? I want one for that sort of thing, but have yet to find one on the market I like.

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

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#4 posted 08-17-2013 03:40 PM

Thank you all! Ryan, the Multi-Router is purchased, it is my school’s but you can find it at

-- Byron Conn, Woodworking/Furniture Design at Rochester Institute of Technology,

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#5 posted 08-17-2013 03:43 PM

Inspiring, just inspiring.

-- I only went out for a walk and finally concluded to stay out till sundown, for going out, I found, was really going in. -John Muir

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#6 posted 08-17-2013 03:45 PM

Excellent in every aspect.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#7 posted 08-17-2013 06:03 PM

WoW! Very nice design. Great work, thank you for sharing details.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#8 posted 08-17-2013 09:12 PM

Very good Project
Well presented and explained.
I may stock up on clamps and try laminated curved work

3D printers are amazing machines eh!

-- Regards Rob

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#9 posted 08-17-2013 09:23 PM

Thank you all! Robert, if you want an easier, clamp saving method of bending then you can make a two part form with parallel clamping surfaces. The tricky part about a two part form is making sure it is perfectly concentric. You can do it by using a rub collar on your router to offset your second template from your first. Then laminate your form to thickness flush trimming as you go from your templates. The only downside is you cannot do any tapered laminations. If you have a press two part forms are super easy!

And 3D printers are awesome for models!

-- Byron Conn, Woodworking/Furniture Design at Rochester Institute of Technology,

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#10 posted 08-17-2013 09:37 PM

This is an absolutely beautiful stool, wonderful design and well constructed.

-- Peter, Woodbridge, Ontario

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#11 posted 08-17-2013 11:18 PM

beautiful stool and very well executed

-- Greg Simon

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#12 posted 08-18-2013 12:09 AM

That is fascinating. Well done.
What a treat to even be around the Moser crew. I am humbled.
Great post, thanks.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#13 posted 08-18-2013 12:51 AM

I have built several MaLoof style rockers and all I can say about your chair is WOW, plus what everyone else said.

-- Dale West Central Pa. Do it all, before last call.

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#14 posted 08-18-2013 01:31 AM

Very nice piece, you accomplished what was asked

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#15 posted 08-18-2013 03:31 AM

Dang! This is why I love lumberjocks. There are people like you who blow me away and inspire creativity. So many great woodworkers on this site and you are defiantly one of them. Thanks for posting.

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