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Project by JoshLawson posted 1504 days ago 3529 views 24 times favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here’s a set of four Walnut and Red Oak bar stools I made not too long ago. The seats have a curve carved into them using a home made router jig and the slightly angled legs keep the stools pretty stable despite the smaller seat. I designed these to fit underneath the counter top in my kitchen, which is why there is no back.

They’re built with mortise and tenon joinery. The lower tenons are wedged while the top are pined with walnut dowel stock.

If I have the time I plan to make a kitchen table and set of chairs using some similar design features to pull it all together.

-- Josh Lawson - Ankeny, Iowa





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WistysWoodWorkingWonders

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#1 posted 1504 days ago

great looking stools… they turned out really nice…

-- New Project = New Tool... it's just the way it is, don't fight it... :)

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RexMcKinnon

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#2 posted 1504 days ago

Nice stools. Welcome.

-- If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail!

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Kindlingmaker

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#3 posted 1504 days ago

Great looking stools and the craftsmanship looks first rate!
...and welcome to LJ!

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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ajjeep

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#4 posted 1504 days ago

Nice Stools! forgive me if this question seems novice. How did you attach the top to the legs?

-- Adam

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JoshLawson

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#5 posted 1504 days ago

In the prototype stool, I tried to make a integral square tenon on the top of the leg that would protrude through the seat. It was somewhat successful, but given the 7 degree angle on the legs it was difficult to get the tenon to fit tight. I decided it was to much work (and too much of a risk that I would make a visible ill-fitting joint) Eventually I settled for a 1/2” walnut dowel that goes through the seat and approximately 1” into the leg. I flush cut the dowel with the seat.

-- Josh Lawson - Ankeny, Iowa

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Skylark53

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#6 posted 1504 days ago

Very nice work. Welcome to LJs! Thanks for sharing.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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ajjeep

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#7 posted 1504 days ago

Ah, that’s a great idea! I can understand the troubles of making that tight fitting. Someone out there has got to have a jig for that… :) there is a jig for almost anything. Thank you for the explanation!

-- Adam

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Canexican

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#8 posted 1504 days ago

Sweet Stools, I like the design…

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RS Woodworks

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#9 posted 1504 days ago

Those look great! I really like the wedged through mortise and tennon joint! Fantastic.
But It may have been nice to see them on the top joints as well, and drop the shorter side aprons down to allow for them. Just my 2 cents. But I’ve favorited these as I really like them!
Mind showing us the jig you used to form the seats?

Ryan

-- I restore the finest vintage tools! If you need a nice plane, saw, marking tool or brace, please let me know!

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SPalm

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#10 posted 1504 days ago

Nice work. They are really handsome.
Good job on the angled tenon shoulders and angled mortises. Those are always fun.

Welcome to LJs,
Steve

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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mikedddd

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#11 posted 1504 days ago

Very nice work, I like the design. I would like to build a couple. Do you have any pictures of the router jig you used for the seats?

Welcome to LJs.

-- Mike

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JoshLawson

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#12 posted 1504 days ago

I don’t have a picture of the jig handy and I’m traveling for the weekend. I’ll try to post one on Monday.

-- Josh Lawson - Ankeny, Iowa

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JoshLawson

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#13 posted 1498 days ago

Here’s the router jig that I made the seat tops with:
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/29318

-- Josh Lawson - Ankeny, Iowa

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mikedddd

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#14 posted 1497 days ago

Thanks for the link to your jig, that’s a very neat jig, I am going to try and build one to use to build some stools for my shop.

-- Mike

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GregX

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#15 posted 418 days ago

Josh – I really like these stools and would like to make some stools based on your design. Do you have any plans or notes on how you built it?

Thanks,
Greg

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