An Ipe, and spalted figured maple shop stool

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Project by Julian posted 1937 days ago 1545 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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

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#1 posted 1937 days ago

Simple but nice looking stool, I like it. No screw nor nail? Very good.

-- Junji Sugita from Japan,

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#2 posted 1937 days ago

Nice work the stool looks good. I am trying my hand at making one as well. Did you use Dowel rods for the supports on the legs and if so what size were they.

-- Favorite saying to work by "It's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it!"

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#3 posted 1937 days ago

If you have the bug, let ‘er rip!! You have the hang of it, that’s for sure :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 1937 days ago

this needs to go in your house…not the shop!!! its tooooo nice…

-- Matt--Proud LJ since 2007

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#5 posted 1937 days ago

Very nice! I agree, it needs to go by the countertop or desk for all to see. But then, it looks sturdy and comfortable. It’s a very marketable style too. I’d love to see more versions of this.

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#6 posted 1937 days ago

That looks great!

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 1937 days ago

Hey Juilan
Very nice stool I will last a long time with Ipe.

-- Custom furniture

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#8 posted 1937 days ago

Walt, there is no dowels used in the stool. All the joints are mortise and tennon.

-- Julian, Park Forest, IL

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#9 posted 1937 days ago

Very nice stool! The Ipe finished out very nicely. I have a 4”x6”x5’ piece of Ipe I have been figuring out how to use.

-- //FC - Round Rock, TX - "Experience is what you get just after you need it"

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