Working with recycled timber #66: Organic Bar Stool Some mods and seat fittment

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Blog entry by robscastle posted 09-16-2016 11:39 PM 1725 reads 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This Bar stool is proving to be a little bit more than a job spanning a “cuppla days”.
In fact the work required is quite a learning aspect for me.
Just when you think all the work is done more comes to light.

Like the top leg Mods, I was looking at the original post and noticed the top of the legs had radiuses on all four sides but not the bottom, something I completely misses at the design stage.

The Leg Modifications:-

To achieve the required finished curve I needed to add aditional timber to the sides of the legs for shaping later.

This is possibly not the best move as its structural support qualities have got to be almost zero, they are purely cosmetic in my efforts to replicate as closely as possible.

Now trying to hold 45 deg blocks on with clamps failed so this time I used white electrical tape.

Once the glue had dried, it was out with the turbo planer and micro planer.

It took considerable care as I was planing almost cross grain and chip out was occuring very easly.

I eventually got there and progressed to fitting the seat, (which was were I though I was two days ago).

The Seat fittment

The tops of the legs and underside of the seat were drilled out and dowels fitted then the seat was glued on.

The milk crate above the seat is ballast, a bag of sand for a weight.

All now are drying yet again, so stand by for possibly another blog in the series,... then hopefully finished and posted as a project.

-- Regards Rob

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Joe Lyddon

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#1 posted 09-16-2016 11:45 PM

This is going to be a SUPER COOL stool!

Getting there… little by little…

You are doing a Fantastic job!

Thank you!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:

View TZH's profile


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#2 posted 09-17-2016 12:03 AM

You’re making my head hurt trying to figure out all the angles and what not.

Gonna be a great finished product!


-- Where The Spirit In Wood Lives On

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#3 posted 09-17-2016 02:26 AM

I agree with TZH, how you have worked all this out is beyond me, great stool, I think you would have got away without this latest addition.
I take it that this is the first of a set of four or six, so you will know for the others…lol hahaha!

-- If you want the rainbow, you got to put up with the rain - Steven Wright

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#4 posted 09-17-2016 03:10 AM

Joe: Thanks for the kind words of encouragement.

TZH: As above and yes the angles were a head scratcher, there must be a formula table out there somewhere but I could not find it! (Maybe Mathias will know)

Phil: I just kept cutting until I got the angle right, its my Low tech solution, I know I should be able to calculate them but gave up the theory as I could not get a objective answer on paper.
The latest edition …yep I considered that option and almost left them off as possibly no one would notice anyway but I was trying for a reasonable Look alike, its close a bit more chunky and “rustic” but it will do for the first attempt.

More sets…? I have documented everything this time anticipating the family will want others down the track.
At his stage I am just going th throw one in the ring and let them fight over it,

-- Regards Rob

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#5 posted 09-17-2016 11:07 AM

Rob, you may have been able to do without the latest modifications. However, imo, all these little details are gonna add up to one great stool!

-- God bless, Candy

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#6 posted 09-18-2016 11:57 PM

WOW, wow and wow… that art or furniture; either way it’s beautiful….

-- Lifes good, Enjoy each new day...... Cheers from "On Top DownUnder" Crowie

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