Meditation stools #3: Sharp tools and shy tenons.

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Blog entry by mafe posted 04-28-2013 09:47 AM 6915 reads 3 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Meditation stools
sharp tools and shy tenons.

So once more we move on, with wood and with love.

The very special woman, and I went for a walk in the forest, and both fell in love.
In this tree.
But at the end also in each other.
So I smile as I work on, on the meditation stools.
Her name is Line, guess it is a good match in English, the vintage architect and his Line.

So back in the shop it is time to trim the shoulders, and all woodworking starts with sharp tools.
So the Japanese wet stones soak while I smoke a good tobacco.

Then sharpening on 1000 stone.

Then 3000.

And finally the paring chisel gets a hone on an 8000 stone and a finish touch on my strap.

And so with a razor sharp chisel, the shoulders are trimmed.

It could also be done like this, but honestly, I begin to love the sharp chisel more.

Ready for next step.

But first.
Time for a workshop dinner…
Lamb, artichokes, home baked bread and red wine, life sure is sweet.

It is hard to drag me home these days, look at that wonderful pile of shaves from this project.

Now I mark up the shoulders, since the sides are in an angel, and this will slip out the joint.

Like so.



Tenons ready.

Now marking the tenons on the seats, so mortises can be made to fit.

So time to bang away some wood.

First inside the line, this will make you able to adjust later, and also it will give you the chance to pare the sides and so get sharp edges.

Once sides are set, remove wood.

Set your square to the desired deepness.

And check often as you go.

Look how bad the sides are, this is why we leave some for cleanup.

So here we are.

Looks like a fair fit.

The second one is not all perfect, but as you can see it is quite easy to fix.

Just pare of a little of the tenon.

And a perfect fit.

Now I can saw them off to fit the deepness of the mortises.
And I make them a little shy.



So now we are talking!
It looks like a stool.

And the fit is just perfect, it can hang there just in the friction.

This is a good place to stop now.
End of part three.

Hope this can bring some inspiration, perhaps some peaceful moments or thoughts of love.

Best thoughts,


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

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Jamie Speirs

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#1 posted 04-28-2013 10:31 AM

Mads a wonderful piece and I’ve been making them for four decades

May you be Happy


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#2 posted 04-28-2013 11:17 AM

Great work Mads. If I used a stool like this my meditation would be mostly about how I might be able to get up from it, that is, if I were able to sit on it in the first place! So I guess this is mainly for young folks like yourself. It has a very beautiful form to it, and just looking at it brings pleasure.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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Jim Jakosh

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#3 posted 04-28-2013 11:49 AM

Very nice job on that bench. You sure have the sharp tools to make those fine cuts, too…..............Jim

-- Jim Jakosh.....Practical Wood Products...........Learn something new every day!! Variety is the Spice of Life!!

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#4 posted 04-28-2013 01:18 PM

Coming along nicely! Shop looks great.

-- I never finish anyth

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#5 posted 04-28-2013 01:44 PM

Very nice , Mads, and beautiful pis too. Shop looks like a wonderful place; I’d find it hard to leave there too!

-- Don't anthropomorphize your handplanes. They hate it when you do that. -- OldTools Archive --

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#6 posted 04-28-2013 02:15 PM

excellent !

mucho bueno zen

i’m with mike on this
i can only do ‘prono yoga’

lay down
wake up

don’t you just love love

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 04-28-2013 02:34 PM

Well done my friend!

Wonderful picture of that old tree. I can see how it sparked the love between you and Line!

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#8 posted 04-28-2013 10:51 PM

Nice work Mads. I see every step in your process of making a fine, strong, beautiful joint. Love is in the air! I love the old tree too. One day I will capture the beauty of my own “old tree”: anybody know a talented photographer? I always have to appreciate your positive spirit and good Karma.

-- Dr. Ken, Florida - Durch harte arbeit werden Träume wahr.

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#9 posted 04-28-2013 11:53 PM

Some serious hand work there Mads.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed.

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#10 posted 04-29-2013 12:05 AM

Good work,Mads.

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#11 posted 04-29-2013 05:15 AM



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