|Project by bondogaposis||posted 09-03-2014 03:26 PM||3135 views||16 times favorited||16 comments|
This project was really challenging. It looks really simple just three legs and three stretchers, what could go wrong?. It gets complicated fast because all of the joints are angled and the three joints where the stretchers join the legs are angled tenons w/ compound angled shoulders. Another factor is that the only point of reference is an imaginary line through the center of the stool. Well if you take measurements from an imaginary line, accuracy will also be imaginary. So you need to create a model on something tangible, I used a piece of MDF. You can see it in the last picture. I’m used to taking my measurements directly from my projects as I go, but in this case there nothing to work from. It was quite a leap of faith to measure from the lines on the MDF cut the joints and pray they fit. As you can see it worked, no one will be more amazed than me. I did screw up one leg and had to redo it. Another aspect of this project is that the joints have to be loose fitting. You can’t put it together if the joints are too tight. You have to wedge the gaps during final glue up, it’s the only way. I couldn’t have built this project w/o the help of the video Build a Puzzle Stool by Bob Lang. If you want to challenge your self w/ some complicated joinery this is it. I highly recommend the video.
-- Bondo Gaposis