I decided to start this as a blog after comments recieved on my stool project post. Let me start by saying I’ve never shaped a seat before, but have really been wanting to…... The comments on my stool post were just the motivation I needed. To clarify my design intent, I wasn’t trying to copy Kaleo’s stool, I wanted to come up with my own interpretation. One of my criteria was that I not break the planes that are defined by the outer edges of the legs. I really wanted the legs to generate the form and therefore, the seat needs to stay within the boundaries of the legs. That said, I think I like where this seat forming is going. I watched a video by Andy Ray on the woodworking channel website (essentially a masked festool commercial). In it, he completes the sculpting of a seat for a windsor chair. So I broke out the Rotex and gave it a go…. here are the results.
I outlined a form that made sense…..
Then I went after it with some 40 grit…..
Then through the grits to 220 and some mineral spirits to check progress. Still a bunch of sanding scratches and the shape isn’t perfectly defined….. Also, i sanded down into the screws used to attach the slats from underneath. I also made it through to a domino I had used to make one of the walnut slats longer :) oops…
And the overall stool….
And a close up on the seat….
Can someone who has some experience with shaping seats offer any advice? I’m gonna keep after it as I imagine it’s a whole lot of trial and error, practice and patience.
-- Fritz Oakland, Ca http://www.muegenburg.com (dedicated to my other hobby)