Puzzle stool

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Project by Matt Vredenburg posted 10-12-2016 06:18 AM 763 views 14 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I have this project on my mind since I saw it on the cover of Woodworking mag (publication no longer exists – rats). I thought the joinery was so impressive that I had to try to make it. This project was the first attempt, and I think it turned out pretty good. All the joinery was cut using hand tools. Finished using Tung Oil and dark wax.

I am planning another one that will be out of Walnut so that I can have one in my shop and one in our family room.

-- Matt, Arizona

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#1 posted 10-12-2016 07:11 AM

Well done.

-- irtamos, Belgium

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#2 posted 10-12-2016 01:44 PM


Please tell me you have some pictures during assembly! I would love to see how that stool went together…

-- ~Peter

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#3 posted 10-12-2016 03:22 PM

I SIMPLY love this nice little stool …..... I bet it is very solid stool also …...... GREAT JOB….... GRATZ TOP 3


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#4 posted 10-12-2016 05:01 PM

Your first attempt at those joints turned out perfectly and you have a beautiful stool boot!

-- "I never met a board I didn't like!"

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#5 posted 10-12-2016 05:22 PM

Looks like some tricky angles to get right. Are the tenons wedged?

-- Allen, Colorado

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#6 posted 10-12-2016 05:29 PM

I have been looking for a stool design, I LIKE this one.

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#7 posted 10-12-2016 06:57 PM

I made one of those a couple of years back. It was a real mind bender for me. Yours turned out great.

-- Bondo Gaposis

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#8 posted 10-13-2016 04:45 AM

Neat design and it turned out very nice!

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Matt Vredenburg

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#9 posted 10-14-2016 04:18 PM

Thanks for your nice messages. I recommend purchasing the Chinese Stool article from Popular Woodworking’s online site if you want to build one of these. There’s also a companion video which I watched during my build process.

Walking into this project, I was nervous about cutting the stretcher tendons. However, they went together within an hour. The key is making the template guide that Robert Lang describes in the article/video.

-- Matt, Arizona

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#10 posted 10-15-2016 07:48 AM

Matt thats a very nice looking stool,

The magazine you are refering to may still exist, send me a PM or post the name edition and date of it and I will go look for a copy for you.

-- Regards Robert

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#11 posted 10-17-2016 08:37 PM

Nice build. I have always loved this design.

-- Steve, South Carolina,

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