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Project by SPalm posted 07-04-2014 12:28 AM 1504 views 6 times favorited 21 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a project that started out as a stool, and then became a small table that is used to hold our phones while charging.

It all started when I bought a whole bunch of old cherry and wanted to try it out. I had always wanted to make a stool, and always wanted to make something with the joint that Maloof had made famous in his chairs. So this is what became of it.

I showed a bit of the construction in a two part blog post so I will not show that here. I did include a simple picture that shows how that leg joint goes together.

The project was finished with a coat of sanding sealer and then several coats of Danish oil. It was a blast to make and watch develop.


-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#1 posted 07-04-2014 12:40 AM

Fantastic design. The joints you completed are a good exercise in patience and technique. The old cherry came along at just the right time. Great project.

-- Skilled craftsman are not cheap, cheap craftsman are not skilled. Bert, Wooster

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#2 posted 07-04-2014 12:40 AM

Great looking table, excellent joinery – very tight.
How did you like working the cherry?, smells great when you cut it, right?

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#3 posted 07-04-2014 12:50 AM

Nice !!! Wonder if there’s any way to up the ante by making the leg/top joint a sliding dovetail? Dare ya. :)

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#4 posted 07-04-2014 01:20 AM

Beautiful, Steve!

That joint is perfect!

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

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#5 posted 07-04-2014 02:37 AM

Very nicely done Steve.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#6 posted 07-04-2014 02:56 AM

That’s a great one Steve. I gotta try this too, looks like fun…..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#7 posted 07-04-2014 03:47 AM

Very classy. It looks like a worthwhile challenge as the final appearance is stunning.
Thanks for posting.

-- And my head I'd be a scratchin'

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#8 posted 07-04-2014 04:02 AM

Nice job Steve.
Really dig that cool joinery.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin. ~ Eugene F. Ware

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#9 posted 07-04-2014 07:01 AM

keeps getting better every time looks great

-- Jesus Is Alright with me

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#10 posted 07-04-2014 08:42 AM

Very nice result Steve and the leg joints makes it very special.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#11 posted 07-04-2014 10:36 AM

great stool

-- We call the destruction of replaceable human made items vandalism, while the destruction of irreplaceable natural resources is called development.

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#12 posted 07-04-2014 11:22 AM

Beautiful piece Steve, the Maloof joint is very satisfying to see come together the first time.

-- Good judgement comes from experience and experience comes from poor judgement.

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#13 posted 07-04-2014 11:39 AM

I like the “change-on-the-fly” from stool to table Steve. A wonderful piece highlighted by a great joint. Continue to enjoy the cherry. Oh, regarding the cherry, I’d be remiss if I failed to say: “You suck!”

-- On the eighth day God was back in His woodworking shop! Lenny, East Providence, RI

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#14 posted 07-04-2014 11:53 AM

Beautiful! Table Steve, Gotta love Cherry.

-- Nick, Virginia,

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#15 posted 07-04-2014 12:19 PM

Well done Steve!

-- "Never underestimate the power of a kind word, a good deed, or a table saw."

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