Walnut Bar Stools

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Project by bryguy22 posted 02-19-2016 01:16 AM 1160 views 2 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This was a project commissioned by my wife. I enjoy getting this type of project as it allows me time to design and get in the shop. The initial prototype was made of cardboard. Once the design and overall dimensions were given the OK, I batched out both stools together. The second one was completed approx 6 months after the first, mainly because of a lack of time in the shop. I recently completed the second one. The seat is scooped using a 4.5inch grinder and a sanding flapping disk, handheld with a book matched walnut slab. There is some inconsistency between both but nothing to noticeable, it gives the hand shaped feel. The legs are made from solid 8/4 stock with an attention to grain pattern. I feel like the design is a blend of the geometric legs and the organic seat. The grain was filled using timber mate wood filler. The finish is a rubbed out poly.

-- Bryan, york pa

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#1 posted 02-19-2016 03:10 AM

Great stools, nice walnut and grain match seats.

-- Bob in Montana. Kindness is the Language the blind can see and deaf can hear. - Mark Twain

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#2 posted 02-19-2016 01:00 PM

Good looking stools. The finish appears top notch. Congrats on a great project.

-- --Zach

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#3 posted 02-19-2016 02:35 PM

They look like they would be very comfortable. Good joinery, nice job all around.

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#4 posted 02-19-2016 03:14 PM

love the grain

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#5 posted 02-19-2016 04:05 PM

Your stool looks about as perfect as they could get. The walnut really sets them apart.

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#6 posted 02-19-2016 06:02 PM

Thanks for posting a pic of your cardboard prototype.

-- A woodsman was once asked, “What would you do if you had just five minutes to chop down a tree?” He answered, “I would spend the first two and a half minutes sharpening my axe.”

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#7 posted 02-19-2016 06:27 PM

great job on those, just plain beautiful,ill take a dozen to go.

-- sawdust the bigger the pile the bigger my smile-larry,so cal.

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#8 posted 02-19-2016 08:49 PM

Thanks for positing. I’m still learning on small projects, so I must say that seeing projects with non-90-degree joints give me pause.
Great job.

-- Mike from Lansdowne, PA

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#9 posted 02-19-2016 09:40 PM

Bryan, you did a very nice job on these stools.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#10 posted 02-20-2016 12:51 AM

Those are very nice! The angled M/T joinery would be a bit intimidating to me but yours look perfect. I like the cardboard/duct tape templates.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#11 posted 02-20-2016 08:46 AM

Nice stools, I bet they are very comfortable.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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