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Shop Stool #2 (and curve soled plane)

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Blog entry by kaerlighedsbamsen posted 06-08-2014 11:42 AM 1334 reads 7 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a blog on creating this project.

After making my Shop stool I have gotten a lot of interest and questions like “can you make me one as well?” and “is it possible to make it from a light wood?”

Inspired from several people here that talk about making money on their woodwork I thought it would be usefull to make another stool experimenting with methods to potentially make it more production friendly.

Other than that i set up 3 goals:
- It should be made from a light colored and not too expencive wood that is easy to obtain. Choose larch for this project as it planes so nicely and smells great.
- In order to improve on my planing skills it should be made without any sanding. Only planes and card scarper allowed!
- I dont care much for yellow/orange colored woods and lighter colored woods does get quite orange when oiled or warnished. So i wanted to experiment with traditional soap finish that does not color the wood much.


First move was making a accurate, full scale template in order to get the angles right:

Last time I used excessive amounts of time on the seat curve and this time, inspired from this blog series, wanted to make a special, curved plane. Used the method and iron from this project:

Cutting to the depth on the table saw and chiseling away the bulk:

And then the curve was leveled easily with the plane and a scraper:

Cutting tennons:

Made a series of oak dowels using a dowelmaker seen here. The blade is from an old jointer plane that i was given. It was in too bad a shape to restore and note how worn down the blade is..

And all the parts, ready to assemble:

First glue up. Note that the dowels are angled to follow the lines in the legs:

Final glue up. Nice light in the ewening this time of the year:

Then on to the finish. Read about my initial experiments wit soap in my blog post here.
The soap is applyed with a sponge in thin layers and left to dry for at least a few hours. Applyed 4 layers of soap and left it to dry totally overnight before handling and sitting on it:The surface can then be buffed or a new layer applyed.

In the corners the soap tend to make lumps. These are easily removed with an old tooth brush:

After buffing the result is nearly invisible with a little low shine to it:

And the final result in nice, low summer evening sun:

The plane, that I at first thought of as a quick´n dirty disposable turned out so nice that it got a few layers of my homemade Danish Oil. Think it is a keeper..

This was a fun and rewarding project. Hope it can inspire others to experiment.
Let me know what you think!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda



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stefang

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#1 posted 06-08-2014 12:06 PM

Nice blog. I really like this stool a lot.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#2 posted 06-08-2014 12:22 PM

Great writeup, and awesome stool. Looking forward to building something similar!

-- All this sawdust.......wait........ what happened to my board???

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#3 posted 06-08-2014 12:46 PM

Only glad it was usefull!
Jake: Let us know when you do!

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#4 posted 06-09-2014 09:51 PM

So nice!
I love to see your workshop full of light now!
The stool became beautiful and I love your finish with the soap.
Plane maker too now, this blog raised the bar, way to go.
Love the picture where you use the new plane.
Best thoughts my friend,
Mads

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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kaerlighedsbamsen

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#5 posted 06-10-2014 01:32 PM

Thanks Mads!
Things just look better in the summer..

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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mafe

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#6 posted 06-11-2014 10:31 PM

Smile

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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