For my workbench i needed a tall stool for more accurate work and just a place to rest.
This is a descripition on how i made this project.
Searching LJ i found these two fine projects:
- Having a fascination with all-things-Japanense (having both worked in a sushi restaurant and done karate for several years) these Singer-songrwriters chairs by Junji impressed me.
- This post on shop stools by shipwright described a interesting method for dying oak black with steel wool dissolved in winegar. Newer heard about this before and it HAD to be tryed.
Both projects are really well made and with a nice ballanced shape. Full of inspiration i went to the drawing board:
Funny how drawings and coffe seems to be drawn to each other…
I wanted to use some oak that i got from a friendly carpenter working on this project near my house. Love how that project has made a dull and boring strech of harbour a faworite spot.
I also wanted to get better at mortice/tennon joints and made two different ones: Angled tennons for the strechers and angled, round tennons for the legs.
The round tenons turned out to be a bit of a challenge and, after trying different methods, ended up making a jig for my lathe using the router against a stop to shape the tennon. After a bit of fiddling with the differnt adjustments on the 1. leg the rest took about 6 minutes to finish. Gotta love jigs!
It worked surpricingly prezice and there is no gap at all.
For fun and decoration i numbered the piezes
Think that tured out ok
The shape of the seat took nearly half the time i worked on the stool and finishing concave surfaces sure is slow. Ended up using a spokeshave and scraper a lot. The line should, in a perfect world, flow from flat at the centre to a logarithmic curve at the ends. I feel that i allmost got it right..
For shipwrights rezipie on dye i made a batch 2 weeks ago. This has totally transformed to a magic (and not at all winegar smelling) substance. Here i am staining away.
This left, to my horor, a dark purplish-pink powdery surface (forgot to take pictures, sorry). Luckily this was easily removed with a damp rag and revealed a beautifull, ebony color with all the nice grain structure intact.
After a long search i have finnaly mannaged to find a local place to buy real, genuine boiled linseed oil.
It gives that nice, smooth surface and glow to the wood. wiped the stool 3 times. While at it i gave all my wooden tools a thorough layer as well. Their surfaces were in various stages of worn down and this sure made the shine again. Almost feels like havning new tools.. The jointer and router plane are old JPBO’s that i just bought and look forward to try them. My block plane also got a treatment.
And the final stool in low autumn sun
And in the workshop. Almost too nice to use there…
This was great fun. I have learned a lot and are ready for more of the same kind.
Let me know what you think. Comments are, as alleways, apreciated!
-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda