Stool Sample

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Project by schroeder posted 11-11-2013 01:02 PM 2496 views 21 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Have a commission for a small dining room table and six stools out of White Oak. I’ve finished the table top out -It’s 1 5/8” Oak, 36” x 60” and started working on the stools – this is the prototype. I added a fading indent and Walnut buttons to give it a little “flair”, (I’ll use Ebony on the final). This was the sample for her to look at – this one will end up at my house – as all prototypes do – (which makes my house full of mismatching chairs and tables….), or at the shop. The legs are angled at 6 1/2 degrees which makes for a compact stable little stool – the through tenons help give more strength. The top rails use floating tenons cut on a 45 to meet at the corners. The seat is cut on the table saw….once set up, these are fairly simple to make and look pretty good!


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#1 posted 11-11-2013 01:08 PM

Very nice stool.

I was cringing a little bit when I opened the project page. You know…... “stool sample” could have meant a few different things.

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#2 posted 11-11-2013 01:22 PM

It’s a beautiful design and you did a fine job on the prototype.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#3 posted 11-11-2013 01:28 PM

Very creative title I must say! And very nice stool sample! Glad it’s not of the smelly type!

I like the through tendons, I used this method on some stool’s I made and after a year of use they are still holding up without any movement. I posted them a while ago.
I would only make one change to the stool’s I made. I would round over the edges a bit more. My stool seat top look very similar to yours. the sharp edges are a bit hard on your legs if you sit on them for any length of time. So a more rounded or relieved edge I think would help.
Nice job, I’m sure they will be happy with your work!

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#4 posted 11-11-2013 02:53 PM

Stool sample

-- I Saw What I See

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#5 posted 11-11-2013 03:30 PM

Absolutely love these stools, well done, be sure to post the finished ones too!

-- - A daddy that loves playing with his kiddies and his tools!

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#6 posted 11-11-2013 03:32 PM

love the grain on the top of the seat.

good job with the name, too.

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails

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#7 posted 11-11-2013 04:34 PM

What technique do you prefer for cutting angled tenons?

The project came out very well. Beautiful grain, and by the way I like the walnut pegs.

-- Willie, Washington "If You Choose Not To Decide, You Still Have Made a Choice" - Rush

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#8 posted 11-11-2013 05:54 PM

The nicest stool sample I have ever seen LOL I am sure my doctor would approve. Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#9 posted 11-11-2013 07:12 PM

I’m not saying it isn’t a nice stool, cuz it is…but still, would it have gotten to #2 without the title?

I guess we’ll never know… :-)

-- I'm strictly hand-tool only...unless the power tool is faster and easier!

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#10 posted 11-11-2013 09:03 PM

Good lookin’ little stool. Looks like its gonna make a great dining set.

-- 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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#11 posted 11-11-2013 10:44 PM

Thanks all – I actually texted the client that I had a “stool sample” for her before I realized what I said…..if you can’t laugh at yourself…....

Pinto – I finally figured out that when I cut the compound miters for the legs have the rails ready and straighten the saw back to 90 and cut the rails with the angle still set for the miter gauge – took me for ever to figure out….
Mark the upside of the legs – set the saw and miter gauge to 6 1/2 degrees cut one end on all – move miter to miter gauge slot on the other side of the saw and cut to final length (two with the up side up and two with the up side down) – put the saw back to 90 – cut all the rails (except the top rails under the seat) to whatever length you want, allowing for tenons – the angles are always a perfect match this way. Dry fit and measure for the top rails. The angle is already there for a tenon cutter on the table saw or – I use a Multi-router (a must for chairs in my opinion) – Longer answer than what you were looking for, but that’s what I know!


-- The Gnarly Wood Shoppe

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#12 posted 11-11-2013 11:06 PM

I was in WoodCraft last week and they were selling stool samples there, however, theirs are no match for your fine sample : )
I took some pictures at WoodCraft, but haven’t posted them yet.

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

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#13 posted 11-12-2013 12:53 AM

Very nice, I may try a rough knockoff for my own use.

I can’t resist, would a cushion be called a “stool softener”?

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#14 posted 11-12-2013 01:11 AM

Your stool doesn’t stink.

-- Jerry... making sawdust in the Knobs of Southern Indiana

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#15 posted 11-12-2013 02:02 AM

Love the stool. Love the title.

-- Tom Finnigan - Measures? We don't need no stinking measures! - Hmm, maybe thats why my project pieces don't fit.

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