The Stool #2 - critiques again please

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Project by Monte Pittman posted 04-07-2014 12:40 AM 2383 views 2 times favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Along with trying to get a lot of other things done, I decided to make another stool. I tried to add several changes in this one. The braces on the bottom are round M&T joints. I also rearranged them so that when you sit in the chair the rest for your feet is a comfortable reach. I cut the rear legs different. I think it is better for support. The seat is 2 inches lower on this one (26” from the floor). The seat is 4” wider (20” wide) still 16” deep. I made the back larger, raised it and contoured it some (although I think I would like more contour).The overall height of the chair is about 2” higher. Once again, it’s beetle kill pine. The last picture is the 2 together. Old one on the left and new one on the right.

Thanks for all of the responses.

Thanks for reading

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 04-07-2014 12:49 AM

Nice improvements. At this point seems more like a chair. I know you don’t wear your cape when working in the shop, but do you live near Smallville?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 04-07-2014 12:51 AM

I definitely like the second better, although both are nice. Beetle kill shore is purdy.

-- Russell Pitner Hixson, TN 37343 [email protected]

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#3 posted 04-07-2014 01:02 AM

It looks really good, I think it is much improved from the first one, which was nice to begin with. The only thing I would change is the back rest. I think it looks too plain- almost kind of cheap? Something just seems off to me with the backrest. Keep it up though, hows the progress on rebuilding?

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#4 posted 04-07-2014 01:12 AM

How about a slight splay in the legs? No matter, they both look great.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#5 posted 04-07-2014 01:34 AM

That one looks much better Monte. I agree the backrest needs more shaping.

-- Paul, Duvall, WA

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 04-07-2014 01:35 AM

It may not look it, but the legs are angled 5 degrees in all directions.

I do agree that I am not completely satisfied with the back. But this one is comfortable for me to sit in.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 04-07-2014 01:42 AM

I think the only thing wrong with the back is that it’s a little too high. Maybe lower it about an inch – inch and a half.
Maybe the radius on the 2 corners of the seat could be bigger.
The wider stance of the legs and being a little shorter does start to make it look more like a chair than a stool I think. But the scale looks good.

-- Because I'm gone, that's why!

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#8 posted 04-07-2014 01:42 AM

You are fast Monte. Seems you’ve been looking at all the comments as you’ve been making the new one and making the changes immediately. My only suggestion is maybe you want to make the back rest be several pieces instead of one big one. It may look better and add more interest. I agreed with a comment in #1 about having the grain run vertically, but had no idea how to do it, but now I’m thinking just have more pieces and maybe go lower with them. It looks great though. I would understand if you said, “nope, this is the one”

-- Bill M. "People change, walnut doesn't" by Gene.

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#9 posted 04-07-2014 01:48 AM

Looking good, now the real test make sure they are comfortable and stable, no picture is going to tell us
that, you are just going to have to fly by the seat of your pants on this one. Thank you for sharing, and
the way you put this one together, you are making the rest of look like we are taking a long nap.

-- As ever, Gus-the 80 yr young apprentice carpenter

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#10 posted 04-07-2014 02:48 AM

That looks great Monte. I really like the improvements, and I bet its very comfortable. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#11 posted 04-07-2014 03:08 AM

Very nice! Excellent craftsmanship!

-- Dick

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#12 posted 04-07-2014 03:30 AM

Monte, it’s awful. Get it out of the shop. Send it to me.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#13 posted 04-07-2014 03:40 AM

This chair looks mitey fine to me…but the real test is how comfortable it is and you can be the one to tell that.

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#14 posted 04-07-2014 11:59 AM

It looks great. In looking at the grain direction on the back leg/rest, I think arm rest would prevent the back rest from breaking away.


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#15 posted 04-07-2014 12:04 PM

I like this one a lot. How about an arched back?

-- bowtie,.....jus passin thru....

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