'Green' Stool

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Project by CJay posted 09-08-2009 06:54 PM 1827 views 1 time favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I went on a green woodwork course for a weekend. A great time out in the woods for 3 days away from all traffic, electricity, waking up to birdsong and spending the evenings round camp fires. Anyhoo, This is the result. Elm top, ash legs and oak wedges. All locally sourced, all green and all worked by hand.

Its hard work. More than once i found my self wishing for a bandsaw, my dewalt drill driver, or even a bit of sand paper (not traditional), But i’m more than pleased with the results.

The legs were formed from an ash log. Which had to be split with an axe, then shaped with drawknives on a shave horse. The round tennons were put on with something i don’t know the name of but resembled a large pencil sharpener.

The top was cut with traditional bow saw (and two very tired shoulders). The middle was lightly dished using an ‘Adz’ (Looks like a medieval weapon). Then out with the drawknives again to round the top and bottom edges.

The round mortices were done with a hand drill. The whole thing was cleaned up with an inshave (curved drawknife)

There wasn’t time to put a finish on at the course (would have been Walnut oil) so a few coats of danish oil were applied when i got home.

-- Chris Boreham, Oxfordshire, UK - -

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#1 posted 09-08-2009 07:19 PM

This is excellent sir!! Glad you had a good time on the course, and the results are really great – a natural, quality, awesome-looking stool.

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#2 posted 09-08-2009 11:38 PM

That sounds like my kind of weekend. I make Windsor chairs with hand tools so I can appreciate the effort that you had to put forth to accomplish the end result. Great job! Keep up the good work!

-- Fred.... Poconos, PA ---- Chairwright in the making ----

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#3 posted 09-09-2009 08:34 PM

Hi, CJay! Very nice work! I really like rustic as well as simple. This is my kind of furniture! :)
The taper on the legs is the most appealing part to me.

Green woodworking is thoroughly enjoyable, isn’t it? Nice and quiet… and requires muscle power, so it’s good for you too. Nothing like using froe, drawknife, spokeshave, adz, etc. Makes you appreciate the end result that much more, I believe.

-- Frank, Mississippi, Original Bentwood Rings -

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#4 posted 09-11-2009 08:27 PM

A very good stool and I liked your using hand tools to bring out your skills. keep it up.

-- “If someone feels that they had never made a mistake in their life, then it means they have never tried a new thing in their life”.-Albert Einstein

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