Stool #1: Top (Video)

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Blog entry by Woodshopfreak posted 03-01-2008 04:33 AM 1478 reads 0 times favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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This is the start of one project that I acctually got from a stool I saw at school. I said to myself, that would be a great stool for my shop, so I bought the wood (pine for price reasons) and started the next day. I am hopefully going to finish the project this weekend, and I will post the second show about it soon, hopefully. Thanks for all the support.

-- Tyler, Illinois

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#1 posted 03-01-2008 04:58 AM

good job. the only suggestion that i would make is to try and regulate that sound throughout the entire podcast because there were a couple of times that i had to turn the sound up to hear and then you’d start a power tool and it would be too loud. just some advice but otherwise a great show.

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#2 posted 03-01-2008 09:35 AM

Tyler, you are a breath of fresh air. You are so mature and articulate for a person your age. You are also a pretty good woodworker. Next time you glue up a panel, keep a rag dampened with a little white vinegar or water handy to wipe up the excess glue – after you tighten the clamps. It will save you a lot of extra scraping.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased."

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#3 posted 03-01-2008 12:50 PM

very good.
I agree, Bill.. between Tyler, the Teenagewoodworker and Dave (Karson’s son) we are really being shown some great stuff and I’m not just talking woodworking!! (hmm do we have other teenagers posting stuff on here?)

I never heard the vinegar tip before, Bill. thanks.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#4 posted 03-01-2008 05:28 PM

Tyler, A great job doing this. I agree on the sound. This is a trick that I use and may work for you. Try putting a cotton ball over the mike, and it might muffle the machinery down a bit. I am looking forward to your finishing this project. Keep up the good work!
God bless

-- Gene, a Christian in Virginia

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#5 posted 03-02-2008 04:34 PM

Good job Tyler! A couple of things you may want try aside from Bill’s suggestion is to show the board orientation. What I mean is when you edge glue panels there is a proper sequence to follow. Here’s how it works: Align each board with the grain going in the same direction on the flat side. Now look at your end grain, on a flat sawn board is said to be tangential ( 0-45 degrees) and they should alternate up/down/up/down. A good way to remember is smile/frown/smile/frown. This way the boards wont “cup” when you take them out of the clamps. If the wood is quartersawn the end grain rings are said to be radial (45-90 degrees) to the flat surface of the board. Imagine these parentheses below are your end grain on a quartersawn wood; this is how the boards should be arranged
)))))((((()))))((((( and always with the grain on the flat side of the boards going in the same direction. I wouldn’t have known this at your age either and you may already know this and just failed to mention this – but it is really important if you want the best glue up possible. There are Three planes on a piece of wood – transverse, tangential and radial and the grain on each side will reflect this.

Some good books you could read on this are as follows and will better help you understand wood and working with it.

1) Understanding Wood – Hoadley, R. Bruce Taunton Press 2000 ISBN 1-56158-358-8
2) Gluing and Clamping – Engler, Nick Rodale Press 1993 ISBN 0-87596-580-6
3) Understanding Wood Finishing – Flexner, Bob Rodale Press 1994 ISBN 0-7621-0191-1
4) Cabinetry – Yoder, Robert A. Rodale Press 1992 ISBN 0-87857-981-8
5) Fixing & Avoiding Woodworking Mistakes – Nagyszalanczy, Sandor Taunton Press 1995 ISBN 1-56158-097-x
6) Gluing and Clamping – Spielman, Patrick Sterling Publishing Co. 1986 ISBN 0-8069-6274-7

Just like you can never have too many clamps, the same applies to books! All of these authors share a wealth of knowledge and armed with this knowledge at your age guys like you and the teenagewoodworker will be powerhouses of woodworking ability and knowhow when you are my age. Your woodworking skills are far beyond many folks twice your age already, but remember there is always room to improve. Never be afraid to ask questions if you are unsure about any subject. Kids like you will inspire generations to come so keep up the good work!!

-- --Chuck

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#6 posted 03-02-2008 04:41 PM

smile-frown-smile-frown. Didn’t know that trick! Thanks Chuck.
and as for inspiring generations to come—don’t forget this old generation—I’m inspired! I’m inspired!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 03-02-2008 05:01 PM

Nice job! Keep us all posted on the progress.

P.S. Wear a dust mask, especially while sanding. It will keep you in the shop for many years to come ;)

-- Scott - Chico California

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#8 posted 03-02-2008 05:41 PM

I love it. What a joy to see a young fellow showing what he can do and not worry about if it’s right or wrong. It looks like you have had some good training so far in your wookworking young life and the comments you get here is just great. By the time Norm Abram retires you will be able to take his place.

-- "Hold on to instruction, do not let it go; guard it well, for it is your life" Solomon

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#9 posted 03-02-2008 10:49 PM

Enjoyed the video…nice work. Keep ‘em coming.

-- Patrick, Chicago, IL

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#10 posted 03-03-2008 01:49 AM

Good job WSF. I like what you did with the drill press drum sander. Im gonna have to get some of those for my DP. Good use of the router to get the stool round.

Oh . . . I echo Chico . . . you need some sort of dust mask.


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