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the first Pleasant Hill shaker stool

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Project by rjb37 posted 06-22-2014 08:39 PM 627 views 2 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch

The first pic is the stool I first saw at the Pleasant Hill shaker village in Kentucky. I started making this stool after I got home from there (May of 2003) and I never finished it. I stuck in the black hole and I dug it out a month ago looking while looking for something else. I decided to finish it now that my skills are wee bit more advanced.
The paint is called rise and shine and my wife picked it out. I wanted to use a dark green but I was over ruled.
Daughter #1 took it home today to her new apartment.
It’s not an exact copy but my take on it. This stool makes 3 that I’ve made based on this Pleasant Hill stool.

-- accidental woodworker





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#1 posted 06-22-2014 10:46 PM

Great job on that long awaited stool project! I like the high back, something to hold onto to steady yourself. I may steal your idea Ralph! Nice!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#2 posted 06-25-2014 11:03 PM

Hi Tony
that’s exactly why I made the high back. I still want to make a more faithful copy of the original.

-- accidental woodworker

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#3 posted 06-25-2014 11:44 PM

I have a relative that had a stroke and she has limited use of one arm and hand. A high back like yours is just what she needs. I may make her one just like yours. I’m sure she will love it! Thanks for sharing and I hope to see your “faithful copy” here on LJ’s.
Tony\

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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#4 posted 06-27-2014 07:06 PM

It’s going to be a while for that Tony. The shaker original is nailed together. And the top apron and leg connection is a half lap joint. I’m not sure but the only mortise and tenon on this stool is where the back apron meets the back leg. I couldn’t see it but you can’t get by with a nailed butt joint there. And butt joints are what the rest of the stool is held together with.
The tricky part I see in the faithful build is the curve in the half lap joint. That half lap will be one of the biggest I will ever make. I do like challenges though and if he did it, I’m sure I’ll be able to do it too.

-- accidental woodworker

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#5 posted 06-27-2014 08:29 PM

Please don’t feel pressured! I’m in no hurry Ralph! If and when you post I’ll see it then.
Hmmm! Nails I can’t remember the last time I use nails on a project. Well .. ok maybe when I built my shed back in 08, but not on any furniture.
I usually use the joinery that works best for the strength required, dowels, biscuits, mortise and tendon, lap joint’s and such. There was a time a nail and hammer was all I had. LOL!!! Good luck on your next attempt! I’m sure you can do it too!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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