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05-03-2021 09:05 PM

Topic tags/keywords: stump carve chisel chainsaw stool

I have a sycamore stump about 20” high, 18” diameter that has been drying in my basement for over a year, and is ready to use. I’ve made some small- and medium-sized wood tables and projects mostly with power tools, but I’m a complete woodcarving novice.

I’d like to create a simple stool with an indented top (for butts) and tapered sides down the the floor, starting the taper ~5” from the top and end with a circle ~12” diameter at the bottom.

Most stump carving videos I’ve perused seem to start by debulking with a chainsaw, but I worry this would be too aggressive AND I’ve never used a chainsaw :)

I’ll probably use an angle grinder +/- chisels to remove the bark. What should I use to carve the taper? Would this be a nightmare with hand chisels? Any specific tool recommendations? Thx!


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#1 posted 05-03-2021 09:50 PM

One of the reasons for removing some bulk with a chainsaw is to make the stool more moveable. You might also think about tapering in the opposite direction. The stool will be more stable if wider at the bottom. The recess in the seat can be carved with a chisel & mallet, but a bowl gouge might work better.

-- Phil Allin - There are woodworkers and people who collect woodworking tools. The woodworkers have a chair to sit on that they made.

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#2 posted 05-03-2021 09:52 PM

Drawknife to remove the bark.

Carving hatchet and timber framing chisels to remove bulk and carve taper.

TonyC

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#3 posted 05-04-2021 12:09 AM



I have a sycamore stump about 20” high, 18” diameter that has been drying in my basement for over a year, and is ready to use. I ve made some small- and medium-sized wood tables and projects mostly with power tools, but I m a complete woodcarving novice.

I d like to create a simple stool with an indented top (for butts) and tapered sides down the the floor, starting the taper ~5” from the top and end with a circle ~12” diameter at the bottom.

Most stump carving videos I ve perused seem to start by debulking with a chainsaw, but I worry this would be too aggressive AND I ve never used a chainsaw :)

I ll probably use an angle grinder +/- chisels to remove the bark. What should I use to carve the taper? Would this be a nightmare with hand chisels? Any specific tool recommendations? Thx!

- coalcracker

If you have never used a chainsaw they can be dangerous There is a tool you can put on your angle grinder that work pretty good for removing material quickly I have one but cannot remember what it is called it is a wheel that has cutting teeth on it I have used the one I have when i was making slabs for tables when my wife and I lived off grid in north eastern Arizona i cannot get to the one I have but I will look up the name of it and post it up for you

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#4 posted 05-04-2021 12:14 AM

sorry the link i tried to attach did not work it is called a power carving attachment

AxPower 90mm Six Teeth Power Wood Carving Disc Wheel Milling Cutter Attachment for 16mm(5/8 inch) Aperture Angle Grinder with Protective Gloves (Arc Teeth)

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#5 posted 05-04-2021 12:21 AM



sorry the link i tried to attach did not work it is called a power carving attachment

AxPower 90mm Six Teeth Power Wood Carving Disc Wheel Milling Cutter Attachment for 16mm(5/8 inch) Aperture Angle Grinder with Protective Gloves (Arc Teeth)

- DonS1959

This seems like it would work perfectly for my project! Might take me a while but I’ll come back and post pics when it’s al done. Thanks!

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#6 posted 05-04-2021 12:23 AM

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sorry the link i tried to attach did not work it is called a power carving attachment

AxPower 90mm Six Teeth Power Wood Carving Disc Wheel Milling Cutter Attachment for 16mm(5/8 inch) Aperture Angle Grinder with Protective Gloves (Arc Teeth)

try it first on something you do not care about and make sure you have a good hold on your angle grinder because it can be dangerous also also make sure no one is standing near you when you are using it they are like a mini stump grinder

- DonS1959

This seems like it would work perfectly for my project! Might take me a while but I’ll come back and post pics when it’s al done. Thanks!

- coalcracker


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#7 posted 05-04-2021 01:58 AM

Please be careful as a chainsaw or carving disk are great at cutting wood and people. They make really nasty injuries.

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#8 posted 05-04-2021 04:24 AM

I recommend that you NOT get familiar with a chainsaw or angle grinder by starting this project! Cut up some firewood or strip the bark off the sycamore stump, but don’t dive into this stool project without experience with the tools you choose.

-- Phil Allin - There are woodworkers and people who collect woodworking tools. The woodworkers have a chair to sit on that they made.

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#9 posted 05-04-2021 07:24 AM



Please be careful as a chainsaw or carving disk are great at cutting wood and people. They make really nasty injuries.

- Redoak49

indeed they can

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#10 posted 05-04-2021 07:29 AM


I recommend that you NOT get familiar with a chainsaw or angle grinder by starting this project! Cut up some firewood or strip the bark off the sycamore stump, but don t dive into this stool project without experience with the tools you choose.

- Phil32

that is why I recommend to learn on something he does not care about and the more he practices with it the better
those angle grinder carving wheels work but they are dangerous just like any other power tool can be you have to have respect for them

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#11 posted 05-04-2021 11:07 AM

Thanks everyone for the tips. I’ve used and angle grinder with sanding disc in the past for bark stripping, but I’ve not used a cutting disc. After reading and watching a safety video with an angle grinder accident while “power carving,” I’m not too excited about diving in. Will have to mull it over.

Another question for this project. If I want to taper down to a particular depth when removing wood, what’s The best way to mark that depth around the perimeter of the log? I imagine scoring with a saw or chisel of some kind?

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