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Forum topic by RobH posted 02-26-2008 01:45 AM 1398 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-26-2008 01:45 AM

Does anyone know of any plans that give details on sculpted stool seats. I have been looking for some time without any success. The stools that I want to build for the kitchen have sculpted seats, and I have no idea how to even start making them.

Thanks in advance,

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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#1 posted 02-26-2008 01:48 AM

YorkshireStewart talks about the chair seat of he did for the 2×4 challenge. Not sure if this is what you were looking for

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#2 posted 02-26-2008 02:02 AM

Sam Maloof has a tried a true system where he uses a half dozen planks and forms part of the shape in the positioning of the pieces and part by systematically sculpting the pieces with the band saw.
There is also a method where you can use a cradle jig and a router to sculpt the seats.
Check Bill Hyltons books (woodworking with the router pg 207) – Amazon if you like


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#3 posted 02-26-2008 05:33 PM

Bill Kappel’s rocking chair plans describe cutting the blocks for the seat from 8/4 lumber with a bandsaw, but I’ve seen other suggestions that involve an XY table for a router that has the appropriate curves in the rails.

(By the way, I strongly recommend going to Bill Kappel's web site and poking around ‘til you find the “free rocking chair plans” link and following those instructions. It’s a fantastic document, and if I thought my floors could handle a rocking chair I’d seriously consider taking one of his “build your own” workshops…)

-- Dan Lyke, Petaluma California,

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#4 posted 05-07-2008 04:13 AM

I make traditional windsor chairs… that the type of look you are after? Click on my site below and see a chair being built. Hope that’s what you wanted.

-- Kevin

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#5 posted 05-07-2008 09:11 PM

Norm Abrams recently created a sculpted seat for a Windsor chair in New Yankee Workshop. It shows the dimension logic, the tools and how to do it.

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#6 posted 05-07-2008 09:36 PM

many books on chair building touch on this.

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