A Footstool for Mama

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Project by Thos. Angle posted 12-01-2008 10:49 PM 2595 views 0 times favorited 22 comments Add to Favorites Watch

As you can imagine, Carleen can have just about anything she wants, from the shop that is. So…... Why did she opt for a stool with nothing but straight legs?? It has definite Arts and Crafts attributes. The idea came from a stool I made more than 30 years ago. That stool also was made from Red Oak which I salvaged from a pile of pallet lumber. Anyway, here it is. The footstool is 15 inches tall by 12 1/2 wide by 15 1/2 long. The wood is Red Oak. The legs are 1 3/4 inch square and the lower apron is mortised and tenoned which are draw bored.The top is carving leather sewn to dark brown chap leather. The carving pattern was drawn almost at the time I did the original stool but was never used. At that time I was studying a bunch of Art Noveau and Art Decco patterns. With the design of this stool, it seems like I finally found a place to use it. Carleen wanted the steer head added so I re-arranged the pattern so it would fit. The sewing is hand done with artificial sinue in an ancient stair step style. The wood finish is a mixture of Trans-Tint Reddish Brown and Golden brown topped with Min-Wax Aged Oak gel stain. A coat of shellac was topped with 4 coats of sprayed on lacquer.

there seems to be a smudge of dust on the leg on the right. Oops!!

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#1 posted 12-01-2008 10:55 PM

Any old fool
Can make a stool
But, man, that leather
Really pulls it together.


-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#2 posted 12-01-2008 10:57 PM

Thomas a Great looking stool. Very nicely made. Well done cowboy.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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Thos. Angle

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#3 posted 12-01-2008 10:59 PM

Gosh Charlie, If you had a hat you’d look like a cowboy poet.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#4 posted 12-01-2008 11:06 PM

Thos. You have such gift for leather. I almost out shines your woood working skills which are pretty darm fine as well. That bull’s face just about jumps right out at you!


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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#5 posted 12-01-2008 11:08 PM

Tom, another great piece. Carleen should be pleased. Do you work on a pattern for the artwork or design as you go?.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#6 posted 12-01-2008 11:08 PM

Looks good, Thos! I always enjoy seeing how you incorporate both leather and wood into your projects.

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#7 posted 12-01-2008 11:08 PM

Good one … the leather really makes this pop.

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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#8 posted 12-01-2008 11:20 PM

very nice, thanks for the sharing!

-- rhykenologist and plant grower

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#9 posted 12-01-2008 11:29 PM

That does look very nice, the leather does make it.

-- It’s not so much what we know that causes the trouble, it’s what we know that’s not so.

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#10 posted 12-01-2008 11:39 PM

That is cool! Well done.

-- Max the "night janitor" at

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#11 posted 12-01-2008 11:44 PM

Super Sweet Leather work. Great job!!!

-- Dennis Zongker

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#12 posted 12-02-2008 12:06 AM

A fantastic looking stool, the leather work is superb.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN.

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#13 posted 12-02-2008 01:05 AM

Very nice. I really like the design of the leather.

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#14 posted 12-02-2008 01:07 AM

You must know the saying ” heaven in under the feet of mother”
Nice footstool for mama from wonderful son!

-- masrol, kuala lumpur, MY.

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Thos. Angle

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#15 posted 12-02-2008 02:47 PM

Thanks for all the nice words, gang. Now Carleen has decided she needs one more to go in the living room. I think I have more artistic license on the next one.

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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