My New Shop Stool

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Project by RS Woodworks posted 02-21-2014 09:17 AM 3356 views 4 times favorited 16 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this stool in a total of about 16 hours. It was my entry in the “Shop Stool Build Off” started by Chris Wong over at FlairWoodworks. Here are the specs:
Seat is a Maple Burl slab approx. 18” wide, 16” front to back, 2” thick. Purchased in California approx. 30 yrs ago, and sat in my friends moms garage for that time before she gave it to me.
Legs are walnut, started out 1 1/4” square.
Stretchers are Birdseye maple, 1 1/4” square.
Height of seat is 28 1/2” angled up to about 29 1/4 at the back.
Finish is Danish oil.
Joinery is round mortise and tenon, I used a vintage hollow auger and brace to cut the joinery.

I ended up winning prizes in two categories in this contest. One for the category “Best use of materials among Canadian stools”. And one for “Most organic”. A couple of pretty cool prizes.

Yes this stool is for my shop, it will be nice to have a place to sit when contemplating project details, sketching, or just resting. Thanks for looking!


Here are some build pics.

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#1 posted 02-21-2014 10:19 AM

That’s awesome

-- Vince

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#2 posted 02-21-2014 10:51 AM

Very awesome. Not sure i would use it in the shop, needs to be seen.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#3 posted 02-21-2014 11:48 AM

Beautiful work! I would be afraid to sit on it because it looks so nice.

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Kaleb the Swede

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#4 posted 02-21-2014 12:21 PM

Great work! That will be a very nice stool to contemplate another creation on. Glad you won in those categories, you definitely deserve it

-- Just trying to build something beautiful

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#5 posted 02-21-2014 12:54 PM

After 30 years that beautiful piece of burl got put to good use. As Monte said, this needs to be viewed although sitting on it could be inspirational as well.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#6 posted 02-21-2014 01:08 PM



-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#7 posted 02-21-2014 01:29 PM

wow, that is amazing, great work

-- steve, simple and effective

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#8 posted 02-21-2014 01:32 PM

Wow…that’s pretty sweet…nice work.

-- Michael James -

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#9 posted 02-21-2014 02:57 PM

very nice

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#10 posted 02-21-2014 05:43 PM

Wow, Love the look. A great place to sit and contemplate your next project.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#11 posted 02-21-2014 05:59 PM

WOW! I like the way you kept the burl shape, very nice!

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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RS Woodworks

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#12 posted 02-21-2014 07:16 PM

Thanks very much for the kind comments. As always, I appreciate it.

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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#13 posted 02-21-2014 07:47 PM

Beautiful but wouldn’t stay in my shop long. The wife would confiscate it for the house.

-- Les B, Oregon

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#14 posted 02-21-2014 09:59 PM

Great looking stool, great job.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#15 posted 02-22-2014 01:28 AM

Very Nice Work indeed! Thanks For Sharing!


-- Richard (Ontario, CANADA)

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