|Project by Julian||posted 05-01-2009 02:03 AM||1606 views||1 time favorited||9 comments|
I’ve been really getting into using hand tools lately, and the worn out garbage scored stool I was using was beat, not to mention about 4 inches too high. I decided to give chair making a try, and this is what I came up with. I had an ipe 2×6 left over from a pair of adirondak chairs I built a while back, and a piece of maple that was just lying around, so this is what I set out to use for the stool. All of the joinery was done by hand. Getting the 5.5 degree mortises just right was a challenge, but it was a fun one. I used ebony wedges in the top of the legs where they stick through the top for extra strength. I finished the stool with a few wash coats of amber shellac cut 50/50 with DNA, then sprayed a few coats of satin laquer over that. I now have a sturdy stool to use in the shop that is at the perfect height for me. I’m hooked on chairs now, and would love to get into building some nice ones.
-- Julian, Park Forest, IL