A twist on my stools

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Project by Monte Pittman posted 09-01-2014 01:57 AM 1965 views 7 times favorited 41 comments Add to Favorites Watch

During the booth at the fair, first priority is to pay for being there. But the actual success is measured by custom orders received in the weeks that follow. That started the next day with 3 orders for custom stools (20 stools in all). Most however wanted swivels with backs. I had never made those before, so time to learn.

The seat is 30 inches high, 17 inches wide and the back is 17 inches high. I have made 3 different bases for it. I am fairly happy with this one. The splay is 11 degrees and seems very solid. My main complaint on the seat is that the back is too straight up. Needs to lean back another 3-5 degrees.

Here are some pictures of my glue up on the seat.

Thanks for reading and all comments and suggestions are welcome.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#1 posted 09-01-2014 02:26 AM

Super work Monte. Looks great to me

-- Gary, DeKalb Texas only 4 miles from the mill

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#2 posted 09-01-2014 02:27 AM

That is really cool. Love the stool. Great job buddy

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#3 posted 09-01-2014 02:31 AM

I love it Monte.

-- Bill M. I love my job as a firefighter, but nothing gives me the satisfaction of running my hand over a project that I have built and just finished sanding.

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#4 posted 09-01-2014 02:37 AM

Excellent stools Monte. You did great.

-- Chris ** If there must be trouble, let it be in my day, that my child may have peace. — Tom Paine **

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#5 posted 09-01-2014 02:43 AM

those look very strong and it sounds like you have the design down with the right amout of lean in the back, i sure like the way they look, gosh 20 stools after the show, that is some very good work to get and im glad for you, i hope more orders come in…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#6 posted 09-01-2014 02:58 AM

I guess you’ll be tired of making stools. The design looks great but sure looks like lots of work building just one. Glad the shows were a success. Hope you are getting enough money for these stools, pricing is always the worst part. I still can’t believe you get this much work done and still have time for a life.

-- I am going to go stand outside so if anyone asks about me, tell them I'M OUTSTANDING!

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#7 posted 09-01-2014 03:08 AM

Beautiful work. I can see why you got the orders. How did you end up making the swivel?.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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Monte Pittman

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#8 posted 09-01-2014 03:10 AM

The lazy Susan hardware is from Amazon.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#9 posted 09-01-2014 03:52 AM

Another beetle kill pine design masterpiece Monte. Good to see you are having after show orders..I had the feeling they would definitely come.

-- Each step of every Wood Art project I design and build is considered my masterpiece… because I want the finished product to reflect the quality and creativeness of my work

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Monte Pittman

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#10 posted 09-01-2014 03:59 AM

still several possible orders I am hoping comes in.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#11 posted 09-01-2014 05:30 AM

That started the next day with 3 orders for custom stools (20 stools in all). Most however wanted swivels with backs. I had never made those before, so time to learn.

Monte, are you saying that people order items from you that you have never made before and you commit to them that you can come thru with what they want?? Now don’t get me wrong. I have liked most everything you have posted but you must be willing to go way out on that limb further than I would ever go to sell something that has not been attempted. You must have moxie that I could only dream of.

Nice stool….....................

-- mike...............

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#12 posted 09-01-2014 06:12 AM

Stools are great, Monte! 10+ on the moxie! :-)
Thanks for sharing the pictures as well as ‘the making of’ details.

-- God bless, Candy

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#13 posted 09-01-2014 07:30 AM

Looks like a stool I would like setting in front of my Scroll saw. Great job Monte.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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#14 posted 09-01-2014 09:56 AM

I am impressed all round Monte

Its a design I “fiddled” with last month and I guess I should do a production run, even if its only for the family !!

-- Regards Robert

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#15 posted 09-01-2014 10:24 AM

What a great build mate. Keep up with the good work

-- Dave -

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