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Japanese Stool (Hand Tools Only)

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Project by seandietrich posted 03-12-2010 04:52 AM 4622 views 14 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I built this Japanese stool for someone, and wanted to use only hand tools. The stool has 12 mortise and tenon joints, and is glued together.

The lumber is recyled from an area construction site. The top was shaped using tons of saw kerfs as stop cuts along the top to the desired depth of the curve. Then I chisled the waste, pared it, and then planed it across the grain. And then used the spokeshave to smooth things up, before a light sanding. The top was probably the hardest part, because I couldn’t decide how to approach it.

All in all, the stool came out nice, and it’s owner likes it. Sturdy, solid, light, and it makes me feel a higher level of satisfaction and reward using traditional methods for some reason.

-- "Unless workmanship comes to be understood and appreciated for the art it is, our environment will lose much of the quality it still retains." -- David Pye





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Dez

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#1 posted 03-12-2010 05:01 AM

Nice work, Glad to see the approach to something new. Try it – You will like it!

-- Folly ever comes cloaked in opportunity!

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widdle

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#2 posted 03-12-2010 05:04 AM

really cool..been thinking of doing something very similar…was it difficult to layout the tenons with the angle ? good design.

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seandietrich

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#3 posted 03-12-2010 05:23 AM

no, the angle wasn’t bad at all for me… Just keep using your trusty bevel gauge to transfer the lines, and I used an angled piece of scrap to check the auger.

-- "Unless workmanship comes to be understood and appreciated for the art it is, our environment will lose much of the quality it still retains." -- David Pye

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DrewM

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#4 posted 03-12-2010 05:24 AM

excellent work, I love the simplicity of the design.

-- Drew, Delaware

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groovy_man_6

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#5 posted 03-12-2010 06:02 AM

hard core man, you are to be commended for doing it entirely with hand tools! the stool looks beautiful too!

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Beginningwoodworker

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#6 posted 03-12-2010 06:03 AM

Thats a beautiful stool.

-- CJIII Future cabinetmaker

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RobS

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#7 posted 03-12-2010 08:10 AM

Super nice stool, what type of finish?

-- Rob (A) Waxahachie,TX

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#8 posted 03-12-2010 08:25 AM

I love this piece.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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mafe

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#9 posted 03-12-2010 12:20 PM

Beautiful work, I love it.

-- Mad F, the fanatical rhykenologist and vintage architect. Democraticwoodworking.

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mtkate

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#10 posted 03-12-2010 12:22 PM

What an awesome plane! Nice piece.

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seandietrich

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#11 posted 03-12-2010 07:02 PM

It’s actually a mineral oil finish. It takes forEVER to dry, but I like the softness that it gives, and it’s non toxic, so that’s always a plus. Next time I’ll use a natural linseed or tung for quicker drying.

-- "Unless workmanship comes to be understood and appreciated for the art it is, our environment will lose much of the quality it still retains." -- David Pye

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JoshLawson

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#12 posted 03-13-2010 08:16 PM

Dave –
Great stool! I have to respect you for doing it with hand tools, it certainly makes woodworking a lot more relaxing! I made a stool somewhat similar to this a few months ago, I gave up on the integral tenon through the top idea after attempting it in a prototype. I know how difficult it is to try to make an angled mortise chiseled by hand to fit tight.

Keep up the good work.

-- Josh Lawson - Ankeny, Iowa

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#13 posted 03-22-2010 12:50 AM

respect

Dennis

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Wayne

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#14 posted 05-05-2011 03:13 PM

This is a neat project…all by hand makes it that much more interesting!

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Lotidus

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#15 posted 05-11-2011 04:54 AM

Not to sound wierd but your my hero. Hand tools are what I like to use primarily. The idea of something outlasting me and my children and thier children and each generation being able to say that it was made by hand in a time when nothing else was. I get a good feeling of acomplishment about that. Did you use wedges in the tenon joints?

-- Lotidus

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